Thanks to all who commented on this post and subscribed to my blog! Here are the 5 winners of the drawing ( I wish I could give more):

  1. c.mcaskill@verizon.net
  2. Carryn Dyer
  3. joshua123@tds.net
  4. cards.from.proud.granny@gmail.com
  5. kmills2@ec.rr.com

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2014-July-28a

Jen’s challenge today is to use ribbon scraps – and have I got a lot of those! Ribbons from presents and packaging never gets thrown away in our house – ever! The kids know this so well that it is already automatic for them to hand me ribbons after they’re done opening presents or packages. Most of them get reused but yes, there are still scraps, and I save them all!
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Thistles and Thorns Card

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects
27
Jul

2014-July-27a

This card is a rare occurence to me because:

1) I actually used a stamp (LOL, yes, I did!);
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2014-July-26a

This card was inspired by this planter from Leif Shop, the wonderful inspiration site chosen by Audrie this week. I was trying to copy the cable knit design by using score lines, and when done, it looked more like basket weave – which I liked even more! I made other “baskets” and here they are (click on image to make it larger): Continue reading »

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Dried Florals Card

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects
24
Jul

2014-July-24ba

I’m keeping this post short again because I’m not even supposed to be here, LOL! I’m supposed to be catching up with housework – like doing some weeding…and I did go out to our backyard with that intent. But with the severe drought Southern California has been experiencing, our yard does not really have plenty of weeds – it’s plenty of dried weeds that it has lots of. I started uprooting some, then I noticed how graceful the stems are and how soft the tufts of dried burrs looked. Oh, these would look nice on a card, I thought!
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Happy, Happy, Happy

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects
23
Jul

2014-July-23a

This card is for Sandy’s Monochromatic CAS Challenge at The Paper Players and also for Janette’s Sketch Challenge at SplitcoastStampers. I’m keeping this post short today because I have a ton of housework to do (those who are not too fond of my ramblings can heave a sigh of relief! LOL). Continue reading »

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2014-July-21b

Last week, we went to Daiso – a store like Dollar Tree, only that everything is $1.50 and the goods are mostly Japanese stuff (they have an online store, too). Of course, I headed straight to where their papers are (there were plenty of beautiful origami papers, washi papers and tapes, gift wrapping paper, etc). While looking around, I saw these:

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2014-July-20a

I usually don’t post this late in the day – I mean night – but I ran into trouble with this card. It started after looking through the lovely inspiration website that Audrie chose, Country Curtains, and this particular picture caught my eye. I really like that cobalt blue binding on the scalloped floral valance!
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2014-July-17a

This card is a remake of one I did two years ago – and I didn’t post it here (don’t ask me why – I forgot already, LOL!). I thought it was perfect for the trendy colors chosen by LeAnne ( Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Wisteria Wonder) at The Paper Players this week. At the same time, I thought that it would be nice to make it a gate fold card, which was Sabrina’s (Cook22) Challenge for Thursday at SplitcoastStampers.
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2014-July-16a

This card is for Tuesday’s Color Challenge – Becky chose soft suede (brown), soft sky (blue), pear pizzazz (green) and crisp cantaloupe (orange). The first time I saw these colors, I had a hard time envisioning them together, until I saw Becky’s card -  simply stunning, right? This card is also a case of a case, LOL – Dockside’s card, which is a case of Sandie’s card - I love the layout and flowers of both cards!
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