Smiley from Good Tuesday afternoon!  I’m still working on my coffee, trying to fight off a nap so I can sleep tonight.  How many of you have ever had a flu shot?  Yesterday was my first.  I let my doctor talk me into getting one and lord have mercy . . .Smiley from  it will be my last!  I’m not sick yet (which is my biggest fear) but my arm hurts like hell.  Can you imagine trying to sleep last night, one side of your nose that you are unable to breathe through and when you roll over to the side that will let you breathe, your arm hurts!  MERCY!!!  I’ll never let them talk me into another, that’s for damn sure.  I’ve been just fine all these many years without ever having one and I’m sure I’ll be okay in the future.

Speaking of the future, I can’t even begin to tell  you how much fun I’m having right now.  I am in my seventh heaven playing with images that I purchased some time ago and never had the time to put ink on.  Not only that, but I’m also loving that I am able to get back to my roots of stamping and having fun with it.  Thank goodness vintage and shabby chic are on their way back . . .  because I’m having an absolute ball!!!

Today’s card is one that I actually have made for the Color Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  It has been so very, very long since I’ve been able to participate in one the Splitcoast Challenges or even wanted to.  I’ve been thinking about them for a few weeks now and decided today was the day.  Of course, it didn’t hurt that today’s colors I absolutely love . . . . pink, brown and white.  They actually said Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede and Whisper White.  Since I don’t have ALL of these colors any longer, I decided to compromise and Neenah white and my pink is from SEI.

CC236 Magenta Orchids

For the image background, I used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique with the colors Soft Suede and pink.  I added some Gold Perfect Pearls to the water before I misted the ink to give it some shimmer.  Once the image was stamped on the background, the flower was water colored with pinks and yellows.  The background received a light blue color wash.  I used Spellbinders Small and Large Deckled Rectangles to make the frame and the Fleur de Lis Borderabilities.  I found some old lace in my stash and to age it, I stamped some brown ink on my craft sheet, misted it with water and ran the lace through it . . . the lace isn’t as bright now.

  • Stamps:  Orchid Postcard from Magenta
  • Paper:  Arches Watercolor; 7 Gypsies Classic Paperie; SEI Chocolat; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Soft Suede
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival Coffee and Vintage Photo, Broken China and Old Paper Distress; Pink and Yellow Tombow Markers
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders S4-213 Fleur de Lis Borderabilities and S4-201 and S4-202 Deckled Rectangles; Sewing Machine; Mounting Tape; Sponge Daubers; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; Vintage Button and Old Lace; Koi Water Brushes; Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Mini Mister and Gold Perfect Pearls

I hope you’re enjoying your day and thanks for stopping by.  I’m off to see what kind of trouble I can get into OR maybe I’ll just take a nap!Smiley from

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