Friday, September 29, 2017


Hello viewers, followers, visitors and friends.
What's In My Stash, Friday? (WIMSF)

Today, I'm using Tim Holtz's products or I should say...I had used his products behind the scene this week.  I had tried out a technique that Jennifer McGuire had used called "silhouette stamping".
I tried to imitate but couldn't duplicate the as Frank Sinatra said in a song, "I did it my way".
The lady that I send cards to for "Cards For Soldiers", posted a call for 700 cards as quickly as possible on yesterday.  I'm trying to get my box ready to go postal (maybe 25-30).
Here are three cards that I put together this morning using the distress oxide inking, stamp by Ryn,  die cuts from Tim Holtz wildflower 2 dies, Studio Katia gems, and Nuvo crystal drops.   Since the distressing was done and the flowers were already cut, all I had to do was add the stamping, the sentiments and the drops.
I'm going to enter this one over at 
September Challenge – Link Party # 32

I'm going to enter this one over at

Enabler's List
Neenah white cardstock
Recollections black, aqua and pink cardstock
various pattern paper from my stash
Distress oxide #2 inks
NUVO sea breeze jewel drops and gloss white crystal drops
Sizzix wildflowers #2 dies
Design by Ryn stamps
Studio Katia gems
die cut using Cricut Design Space and Cricut Explore

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Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Good Thursday, September 28, 2017 to my friends, viewers, visitors and followers.
Welcome to another wonderful day.
Do you have neighbors?  Of course you do.  Are they nice or have they put up that fence to keep you at a distance?  Are some of them too close for comfort...always in your business?
When you buy something, do they go out and buy something bigger or better than what you have?
You love them.  I know you do.  You just can't live without them can you?

According to the National Day Calendar for today..."It is a blessing to have a good neighbor, but it is even a greater thing to BE a good neighbor.Good neighbors often become friends. They watch out for each other, lend a helping hand and are there for advice when asked.   Neighbors offer that cup of sugar when we are short, collect our mail when we are on vacation, watch our homes and sometimes watch our children and our pets. Simply put, being a good neighbor makes good neighbors and develops lifelong friendships."

Things you can do neighborly:   BE Kind; BE Strong; BE True and BE Grateful.
My card share for today uses those four things.
I had the Graphic 45 "Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection" still out from Monday.  I pulled a sheet from the stack and paired it with a sheet from Recollections "Typewriter Font".  From my box of flowers, I selected some white and green flowers and a 3D flourish for embellishments.  While working on another project using chipboard, I cut a square piece for a frame to use around my sentiment.  The sentiment was typed and printed using my word processing program, printer and vellum. It was adhered to the back of the frame and foam tape was used to adhere the frame to the card.  Studio g self adhesive gems were placed at the bottom of the chipboard square.

Your views:

The same card photographed in two different ways....another entry for

Enabler's List:
Graphic 45 "Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection 
Recollections "Typewriter Font" paper
Recollections flowers
Recollections black cardstock
Kaisercraft craft cardstock 
Studio g self adhesive gems

Thank you for your time to view with me today.
Your comments are welcome.
Please come again.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Hello friends, viewers, followers and visitors.
Yes, we are so near the weekend. 
Wednesday....hump day with two more to go.
I worked on a scripture card for my journal today.
I've found that many people either are not a Christian or the scripture and the talk about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit really scare them away.  I don't understand.
I love reading, writing and crafting about the LORD.  So, if you don't like looking at the cards I make related to the Bible, you can skip this blog and move on to something else that interest you.
This will be an entry for
Challenge #302-#303 started today.

The above are your Enabler's List for Psalm 3:3

I did this card for a color challenge at the Outlawz

Enabler's List for the above card.
It will eventually be label as a birthday card and go in the box for "Cards For Soldiers".

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"It's An Inking, Stamping Situation Kind Of Day"

Welcome to Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
My good friends, followers, viewers and know that this is the last week in this month.  I should be saying, the last few days in this month.  October comes with its "spookiness" on Sunday.
Are we getting older or wiser?
Do pigs and time really fly?
If I blink my eyes will Christmas be here tomorrow?
Those are just a few things to have you smiling for a few seconds or minutes.
If I said to you "The Time Is Now"....what thought would actually come to your mind? 
If this statement was presented to me,  I would immediately think about the current moment and what would be going on before giving a response.  Next, I would probably ask you to explain  "time" in reference to what you are talking about, then, my answer would be different.

Here is the card I'm sharing today:
I started by using Distress Oxide inks ( seedless preserve, spiced marmalade, wild honey) on a piece of Bristol smooth white cardstock.
 Next, I used a stamp designed by Ryn Tanaka on the right hand side of the card.  I used Distress Oxide walnut stain to ink my stamp.   I searched through my stickers to see if I could find a clock shape to put on my card.  I used  an epoxy sticker from Marcella by Kay that looked like a clock and then cut out one from the Recollections "Steampunk Botanica paper pad.
Next, I added stickers from Martha Stewart "pearl garden branches" and "butterflies".  To tie everything together, I used a sentiment from Sandy Lion "essentials stickers" that referenced "time".

Enabler's List:
Rubber Art Stamps by Ryn Tanaka
Martha Stewart butterfly stickers
Martha Stewart pearl garden branches sticker
Sandy Lion Essentials stickers
Distress Oxide inks: walnut stain, seedless preserve, spiced marmalade and wild honey
Thanks for you time and for coming to view today.  I hope I have inspired you to ink and stamp.  Have a great day and the time is now to enjoy yourself and do something great for someone else.

Your comments are appreciated so you are welcome to leave one.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, September 25, 2017

"Mixing Graphic 45, Kaisercraft, and Spellbinder Together"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  Welcome to September 25, 2017.
It's a beautiful Monday in my part of the world.  The calendar says autumn but the temperatures are still saying summer...beautiful...just beautiful.

Our next door small town had their annual "Peanut Festival Parade and Car Show" on Saturday.  Some not so nice people decided to fire shots around the little carnival that was surrounded by children on Saturday night (Thank God no one was injured).  The police are still asking for information pertaining to this incident and are offering a reward.  It's too close to home to think that people are so destructive towards others and so "mean spirited".
My youngest daughter (the mother to "Sunshine") celebrated her birthday on Saturday. She is getting old and I'm getting younger...(.laugh out's a great day to be cheerful).

My share for today:
I won some paper among many other items on another blog during their Christmas in July challenge. I was sent two very nice packages of paper.  One of them is the Graphic 45 "Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection"....beautiful paper.  The other package is also beautiful and I'll share that another day.
I paired the Graphic 45 with a sheet from Kaisercraft "Ooh La La Collection and a die cut from Spellbinder's "timeless rectangle decorative element die" to create this card.   Here, take a look:

I'm adding this one to the entry for

I made a card "Just Because";  I love you "Just Because";  I'm thinking of you "Just Because";
"Just Because" others are cruel, doesn't mean you have to be; "Just Because" I'm quiet, doesn't mean I don't have a lot to say; "Just Because" I appear happy, doesn't mean everything's okay; "Just Because" I laugh a lot, doesn't mean I don't take things seriously; "Just Because" I forgive, doesn't mean you can take me for granted.

Thank you so much my dear readers and viewers.  I appreciate you taking the time to come and check out my latest creation.  Please come again.   Comments are always welcome.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, September 22, 2017

"Goodbye Summer...Hello FALL"

It's Friday.....
Hello friends, visitors, followers and viewers.
I'm ready for the weekend...I  am READY.   What will I be doing? little as possible.  I'm tired.
I've been trying to re-arrange my crafting supplies all week thinking that I was getting somewhere with easy organization...NOT  SO.  I'm more disorganized today than I was last week this time.
I have suggestions that I will utilized later today to see if that will help me.
Anyway, this really was one of those days that I needed to pulled from my stash..
I had colored a panel to use for another project but it came in real handy this morning...just because I couldn't find the "right" dp to go with my Halloween images saved from the beginning of the month.
The only thing I did was use a Darice "fence" die and glue the pieces together to make it long enough for my panel.  All the other pieces, especially the girl, cat, pumpkins, leaves, spider web and skeleton were previously cut out using my Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space.  The moon is from Tim Holtz's Halloween ephemera.  The bird, tree and corner piece are felt cuts that came with a Close To My Heart order (free gift) from years ago (when you will discover items you didn't know you had...this piece was one of them).
I will use this for an entry at 

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Today marks the first day of Autumn.   I was inspired by Elina P. a couple of weeks ago on  
when she did a video using these hot air balloons.  Immediately, I pull out my stamps which comes from TPC Studio...stamped and colored them and then  used my scissors to cut them out.  They came out of the stash this morning along with some of the leaves.  I did color this background this morning using Distress Oxide inks (faded jeans, salty ocean, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber and frayed burlap.

That's all for this Friday.  Enjoy your weekend and have fun.  You may leave a comment.  I love hearing from you.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"A Girl Just Having Some Fun"

Hello friends, followers, viewers and visitors.
It's a great day in my neighborhood.  We are still experiencing summer like weather but the calendar will say the first day of Autumn tomorrow.  Am I ready for the cool temps and the changing of the trees and grass colors?   I'm getting ready...pulling out those sweaters until it will be time for the heavy jackets.  The fall/autumn colors are always gorgeous.  We love taking drives and viewing the act of nature.
I did what I call "a lot of effort card" and "a simple but elegant card".   I want to see if you can identify  which is which (lol).
entry for

Enabler's List:
Neenah white cardstock
DP from K&Company Best of Brenda Walton paper pad
dies: Spellbinders Grate Effect and Spellbinders Arched Elegance
Recollections BOHO flowers
NUVO gloss white crystal drops
Offray ribbon

Enabler's List
Neenah white cardstock
red Bazzill cardstock
black Recollections cardstock
images from Hunkydory A very Merry Christmas Little book
Kaisercraft Sentiments- clear stamps
Ranger black archival ink 

I hope you enjoyed the view today.  Come again to see my latest creation.
You are always welcome to leave a comment.  They mean a lot to me.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Scripture Card"

Good Wednesday to all of you.
We've made it once more to the middle of another week.  So many great things have happened as well as some bad.  We will not dwell on the bad but are thankful for each precious moment.
Today, I'm sharing a card directed towards my bible journaling book.  I'm using the scripture coming from Matthew 7:7.   If you want God to do something for you...ask Him...and pray to Him...and  you may get your answer.
I used a die from Spellbinder (Grate Effect) for a stencil and some Distress Oxide ink on a piece of DP that already had a glossy swirl on it.
I used the Heartfelt Creation poinsettia stamp for flowers.  The butterfly came from a sticker as well as the Scripture.  Robin egg liquid pearls were added to each corner.
Hope you enjoy the view today:
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 Thanks for viewing and for your continued support.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Dropping In To Say HELLO"

Happy Tuesday to my friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
I'm just dropping in to say "hello" today with a very simple made card.  I've only used cardstock, a cut out from Cricut design space and a clothespin.
First, I have been playing around with my Cricut Explore, the Design Space and using different fonts.
I love the way Tim Holtz created dies using words with parts of the letters cut out.  I was trying not to buy the die because I would be limited to what I could put on a card.  By experimenting I found out I could do what he did with the Cricut Explore.

Note **this is the TH die I'm referring to.
To achieve a similar look, I used  the Cricut Explore and the Design Space (I could get to my fonts quicker than  using the Cricut Expression and the font from a desired cartridge).  I achieve the desired result with the word "hello" ...Give it a try.

 Second, I basically used paper from a paper pad and a Tattered Lace border die. The "hello" tag could easily be placed behind the image by adhering only three sides.  I love the foil look of some of the pages from this pad.
 This will be entered in the challenge over at
Enabler's List:
Neenah white cardstock; Recollections black cardstock and the above items: 
Recollections "Secret Gardenia" paper pad and
American Craft "screen printed clothespin"

Your continued support and daily views of my cards is appreciated.
Thanks for all you do.

Comments are always appreciated.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Supplies From Heartfelt Botanic Orchid and Amy Design"

Happy Monday everyone.
I'm  glad to make it back from the weekend.  Nothing spectacular happened in the last two day.
Saturday, I shopped at the Home Depot. You wouldn't believe that there are lots of things in the tool department for crafting.  Sorry, I didn't get any.  I was with the man of the house as he shopped there. In order to have patience and pretend I love looking at tools, I have to think "what can I use this for in my craft space...can I make something out of this tool"? (LOL)
When we get to Michaels (I just had to go to see if he would be the same way in "my" store).  He has this idea that he should assist in picking out items for me to craft with.  Now, this is strictly okay if he's paying for the items.  I did get some storage bins ($2.99 each)  and paper (7 for $1.00).

Today's card was made with images from Heartfelt Botanic Orchid paper pad and a die cut from Amy Design (bench):  The hardest part was fussy cutting the orchid branch and bird with scissors.  I don't have the die.  I added white NUVO crystal drops on the card.
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Make sure your positive energy and generosity  flows out to inspire someone else today.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

"What's In My Stash, Friday"

It's Friday, September 15, 2017.
It's the day before the weekend fun.
I remember last Friday I was on pins with hurricane "Irma".  It is gone and most of all the people I know who live in the hurricane zone are safe and back at work.
My cards for today, as you know, comes from items I cut out, or stamped, or didn't like but didn't throw them away.  I had started calling my blog title on Friday..."What's In My Stash".  I like this because it is almost a challenge to see what I can pull out and put together before it ends up in the trash for the garbage truck on Friday.

 I was watching a craft video this morning...Jennifer McGuire did an embossed impression of a die.  I knew I had done the die impression using the butterfly die from Sizzix a while back but had not colored it.  So I pulled out the piece with the butterfly...used some VersaMark on the die and did another impression on top of the previous impression.  I heat embossed the butterfly with gold embossing powder and colored it with watercolor markers and went to town on trying to do what she did...

A while back, I ordered some craft items from "Create and Craft" (a show that comes on everyday).  When the order included free samples of cardstock and a stamp set with gnomes.  We laugh about the gnomes because our neighbor did a garden full of them back this spring (I didn't like what I was seeing outside my was creepy).  We just laugh and said, "somebody is trying their best to punish you for not liking your neighbor's garden".

Today I did "pairs" of cards...two with butterflies and two with gnomes...take a look.
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 The butterfly was already impressed into the water colored paper.  I impressed it again using VersaMark and gold embossing powder.  I  colored it and added some gold NUVO drops around it and waited for them to dry before layering and making the focal image into a card.  Vicki Boutin water color stickers sentiment was added also.
Below you see the butterfly twin that goes with this card.  Create and Craft also sent me some paper and as I was looking through my stash I saw this sheet.  I added a piece of ribbon and some blue stickles around the butterfly.  Another Vicki Boutin watercolor sticker was added.  I layered and made this into a card. 

Here are the lovely gnomes that came from the free Hunkydory stamp set.  I stamped four of the stamps, colored them and then adhered them to a piece of Ranger water color paper where distress ink was previously added.  The sentiment was stamp with VersaMark and white embossing powder.
The twin to this card is down below.  The panel was done last week when I thought I would use it for a "Fall" color challenge.  I had used a Sizzix window die and cut it out to look like a door.  I used the colors from the challenge to make a wreath above the door.  This was then placed on a brick embossed layer.  This morning, I used this panel and one of the gnomes (waving one) to place behind the door along with gold letters that spelled "HELLO"  

I hope you enjoyed your view.  Thanks for coming over.

Leave a comment.  I always read them and try to respond back to you.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"A Sympathy Card"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
I'm here today just enjoying the view from some of your blogs and seeing the beautiful projects you have made.  It is quite interesting that we seem to be ready for fall and some of us are posting those gorgeous Christmas cards.  I'm being inspired by all of your work.
There are times when you need a specific card and there are times when your supply of a certain kind has come to non-existence.  I don't or didn't have any Sympathy cards on hand.  Not a one.  On days when I feel perky and upbeat, I like to make cards in this category.  Today is one of those days.  I can't be emotional and be making a sympathy card for someone I know.  So, I try to keep them made for that needed time.  Honestly, I debated about using a sentiment in this category or going with a birthday one.  The sympathy won over for the main reason of not having any of its kind in my files:
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side view

Enabler's List:
Neenah white cardstock for the card base
black Recollections cardstock for layering
patter paper from Colorbok outdoors
stamp: Heartfelt Creation sparkling poinsettia cling stamp
dies: Spellbinders Romantic vines; Spellbinders Corners & Accents Two; Tonic Studio Branwen Briar
Distress Crayons: seedless preserves and festive berries
Sentiment: Heartfelt Creation Botanic Orchid paper pad
embellishments: NUVO Ruby Slippers drops and studio g self adhesive gems

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Leave a comment.  They are so enjoyable to read.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Hope Is Never Lost"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers on this Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
We are moving along with the fall air approaching.  The green grass is about to turn brown.  The leaves will be doing the same.  I need to visit the farm to get my pumpkins and mums to decorate a little for the fall.
How much do you put into your fall display?  Is it a little or a lot?
The colors of fall are so beautiful and vibrant.
I started last evening working on a couple of cards for today.  I finish them this morning.  I hope you enjoy your view.
"Hope Is Never Lost"
Along with Neenah white cardstock; black Recollections cardstock and some paper from my paper stash , I used one of the dies from Spellbinders wreath die to cut out parts of my focal layer.  This layer is a piece of Ranger water color paper that I used Distress Oxide #1 inks to color.  I stamped and cut out the blazing poppy petals and colored them with yellow, orange and brown markers.  Some NUVO gold crystal drops were applied in the center of the flowers. and NUVO yellow drops towards the top and bottom of the image.  I used a chipboard quote from Tim Holtz idea-ology quote chips to title my card.
This will be an entry for and
Some of the items used on the "Hope Is Never Lost Card

"Be Brave"
will be entered in the Color Challenge 12 September 2017 
I used DP from Michaels; Recollections tree sticker in which I added dark green stickles in various places; a Darice fence die ; a Jolee's boutique sticker (squirrel) and a quote chip from Tim Holtz's  quote chips

I did this one for a sketch not a challenge.   I added it here for your view.
The oval is a piece of water colored paper in which I applied distress inks (blueprint sketch, stormy sky and cracked pistachio).  I used the Sizzix birch trees die to cut out a part of the tree in white and black and adhered it to the oval.  On the right hand side, I drew in the green pine tree by using ground expresso and peeled paint distress inks. The moon comes from Sizzix frame layers & flowers die. Fantasy Snow was added to the oval.  A Darice snow embossing folder was used for the blue panel.  The sentiment and gold snowflake is from Jolee's boutique.

Thanks so much for viewing today.  Please come again.
Your comments are always welcome.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Praying For You Today"

Happy Tuesday!
Welcome friends, followers, visitors and viewers...I'm back from the weekend of adventure with some great, wonderful news.  Our oldest daughter is okay (down in Florida).  She did not experience any major damage from the hurricane....Praise the Lord!.
Even when one thing is over comes something else.  Stay focus and stay in prayer all who knows where their spiritual help comes from.
I know of people at the moment who are dealing with a lot of health issues.  Some are in hospice care, some are in critical care and some are just physically and mentally distraught.
I always pray but there are some people who I name specifically for recovery or for peace to go through a difficult situation.
To my crafty know who you are...I'm still praying for you and your family.
My podiatrist shared some sad news with me this morning...her husband (vey young man) has stage three colon cancer.  His treatments are strong and will get stronger and the doctors are not sure his body will be able to withstand them...I'm praying for this family.  My brother-in-law is on machines to help him breathe because his lungs are not functioning to full capacity...I'm praying for him and my sister.
I could go on and on but I think you get my message.  Prayers do change things.  A lot of you all told me you were praying not only for my daughter but all the people who had been affected by Harvey and then Irma.  By the time the storm got into her area, it had been down graded to a category 2.  God is Amazing and He does answer prayers.
 I will enter this card over on the website for their challenge #298-#299
Along with these items listed, I also used some abandoned coral distress ink on the blower bramble.  I added some orange Recollections flowers with white lace ribbon under the flower and along the bottom of the card.  Neenah white and craft cardstock was also used.

Thanks for viewing.  I know your time is precious but I'm glad you used a little of it with me today.

Leave a comment.  They are always welcome and please visit with me again.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, September 8, 2017

"Challenging My Inner Childhood"

It's Friday....
I'm trying to do something fun and festive today.
On Friday, I pull items from my stash of saved goodies that have never made it to a card.  Today I used  recent items... (one) that I was just cutting out to see what they would look like (fairies) and (two)  a piece I embossed earlier this week thinking I would use it for the Tuesday challenge.
 This is the embossing folder I used on a piece of Neenah white cardstock earlier this week.  Today, I applied distress inks to color the tree, fence, berry bush and pumpkins.  The acorns were left over from the Tuesday challenge project.
 Material for the embossed project...  Embossing folder from Sizzix; Distress oxide inks; Neenah white cardstock; black Recollection cardstock and another pattern piece from my paper stash.
These little fairies lost their wings (I cut them off).  I wanted to use designer paper to make skirts and tops but due to my time, I went with some flowers from the Recollections floral embellishments tub.
I used Studio g self adhesive gems near the waist of each fairy.  I sprinkle white embossing powder on top of the black background (no heat tool was used). To keep the powder from falling away, I used a piece of acetate to cover the images and the black cardstock.  The brick piece was embossed and cut down to cover the edges of the acetate and to frame the dancers.
I used the memory box fairies (to get the reverse image, I cut them out at the same time and flipped one to face the opposite direction).  Hero Arts white embossing powder was used to appear as sparkle or "fairy dust";  a Darice brick embossing folder was use for a frame;  flowers from Recollections floral embellishments and a gem from Studio g  were used for clothing;

These two cards will be given to my grand so she can have some fun playing with them.
We,at the present time, cannot get her interested in ballet.  She is a gymnastic individual and that is all she wants to do for now as well as swimming.  The Olympics is her goal.  We're waiting to see if her mind change in the next couple of years.

Thanks for viewing.
Continue to pray for the hurricane victims...donate to help out if you can.
Have an enjoyable, safe weekend.
Please come again and don't forget to leave a comment.  I love reading your thoughts.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Wish You Were Here"

Hello viewers, visitors, followers and friends.
It's Thursday and we are all keeping a watchful eye on the news and weather forecast about hurricane "Irma".   We've received many phone calls in reference to our oldest daughter who lives in Florida.
Due to not knowing exactly the path when it gets to Florida, we are praying for all the people that this hurricane will it's path or in the surrounding "spaghetti" path.
Now, my daughter is old enough to take care of herself but as a mom I'm still concerned about her safety.  She called during her lunch hour and again last evening to let me know the updates in her area.  She was told by her neighbors that they will look out for her and do whatever they can to make sure she is okay.
The card I made today:
 Enabler's List:
Recollections pink and black cardstock; Neenah white cardstock; dp from Recollections Secret Gardenia paper pad
Cuttlebug Musical Flourish embossing folder
K & Company foil butterflies
Cuttlebug Musical Flourish embossing folder;
K & Company ephemera;
Recollections Secret Gardenia paper pad 

You may see this card floating around on another blog.  I did this one for the challenge over at for their Tuesday color challenge for September 5, 2017
Thank you so much for your time and viewing.
Your comments have been so beautiful and them!.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,