Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Window

How about something cheerful and springy today?  I sent this card to a friend whose fluffy black cat likes to sit in a sunny window and watch the goings on outside.  This cat is looking in the wrong direction, though, hmmm...  Maybe there's a window on the other side of the room?

The image is Bugaboo's Spring Window digi, colored with Copics.  I had a hankerin' to play with papers and dies, so I dressed it up a bit.  I haven't bought a shred of designer paper since I organized my paper cabinet, so it's all growing old, but that's okay by me.  It's a first time use for the image and the leafy die.  The Die-namites leaf die was a heck-of-a-deal close-out bargain which I thought would be useful and versatile.  I split it into two pieces here, plus used one little leaf cluster for the small flower on the opposite side.

The flowers are Sue Wilson String Flowers with enamel dot centers.  The sentiment is an ancient one from my collection.  I'll sum it all up in the recipe down below.

Glad you stopped by!  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Bugaboo Spring Window digi, Stampa Rosa sentiment  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, CTMH Sunkiss Yellow, SU Garden Green, Memory Box Brioche designer paper  Ink:  Printer, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics (also used to color String Flowers)  Accessories:  Wink of Stella (dragonfly wings), enamel dots, Die-namics Wonky Stitched Squares, Sue Wilson String Flowers, Die-namites Leafy Flourish

Monday, April 24, 2017

Three More Christmas Cards Done!

There's going to be a lot more "ho ho ho" at my house come December when all my Christmas cards are done and ready to mail.  This makes nine so far.  I don't know how I managed in such a short time last year.

Anyhoo... today it's my not-yet-used Power Poppy set called Fully Stocked.  Cute stuff which I didn't get around to for Christmas 2016.  All the cards have basic similarities making the completion of three a faster process.  Same paper pack, same layout.  The sketch is from this month's Power & Spark Pick-a-Sketch Challenge at Power Poppy.  I think the first is my favorite, probably because I'm a kid at heart.

Coloring was done with Copic markers on X-Press It Blending Card.  The set includes a small coordinating stamp for each stocking, so I used those as accents.   The card bases are a nice shimmery ivory, but I covered two of them with very lightly patterned designer paper.  Below are the next two:

That's it!  I'll list ingredients further down, but first... here's that Power & Spark Pick-a-Sketch Challenge:

I used Sketch 2, flipped it and modified it only slightly to make it work.  There sure are a lot of pretty entries in this challenge.

Thanks a bunch for your time, and I hope to see you again this week.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Fully Stocked  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Shimmery Ivory, Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Stickles Stardust glitter glue, 3/4" circle punch, Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, Taylored Expressions Ric Rac Borders

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's a Bunny, but not an Easter Card

Hi, friends!  Easter is over, but I've still got bunnies on my mind.  I continue slowly through my not yet used stamps and dies.  There's one of each on this card. -- Inkadinkado Bunny Retreat stamp and Memory Box Palma Curve die.  I fell in love with each and just had to have them.  I really need to stop looking!

The bunny was colored with a million flicks of several brown Copic markers, trying to make him look fuzzy.  Took forever!  The leaves were easier, though.  By the time I got to the grounding I was ready to be done and just sort of scribbled it, tsk tsk.

Since there was nothing but green and brown in the colored image I added some pink.  I've got to use up some of that cabinet full of designer paper.  Such a small smidgen here, but at least it's something.  The card became instantly prettier with the paper!

Well, that was fun, even if it did take too long.  Onward now to the next not yet used whatnot!  Supplies are listed below.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a happy day!

Stamps:  Inkadinkado Bunny Retreat, Hero Arts Small Greetings sentiment Paper:  Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface, SU Pink Pirouette, Bazzill brown  Ink:  Memento London Fog for image outline, SU Chocolate Chip for sentiment, Copic markers for coloring  Accessories:  SU Candy Dot, Memory Box Palma Curve die set, Spellbinders Circle die

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Double D Silhouettes Challenge

Hello there!  I'm popping in with a sample for our Double D Silhouettes Challenge which starts today.  Show us your silhouettes, whether die cut or stamped.

I do have a few silhouette stamps, but I hadn't used these dies yet -- Memory Box Dragonfly Stems Left Corner, and Tall Grassy Stems Right Corner.  Very simple with ink rubbed onto the background, masked with a circle die cut for the sun.  I added a little ink into the sun area after lifting the mask.

Inspiration is here:

A prize for our Silhouettes Challenge is here:

I encourage you to pop over to Double D where the rest of the team samples are sitting pretty.  See the winners from our previous challenge, too.  We'd love to have you join us!

Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Stampin' Up Happy Harmony sentiment (retired)  Paper:  Strathmore mixed media vellum surface (for sponging), shimmery ivory (card base), gold metallic, black  Ink:  Stampin' Up So Saffron, Really Rust, Ruby Red; Versafine Onyx Black for sentiment  Accessories:  Memory Box Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Tall Grassy Stems Right Corner, Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles Large and Standard Circles Large, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Monday, April 10, 2017

Peony Muse

Rainy day stamping is the best, isn't it?  Or snowy day stamping.  Windy day.  Morning, evening, any time at all, really.  I didn't have a lot of any kind of time when I made this card, but it went surprisingly fast.  It's my first sit down with Power Poppy's Peony Muse clear stamp set.

Easy masking created the arrangement, and then I watercolored with Tombow markers direct to 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.  Some marker colors react more efficiently with water, so I tested on scrap paper first to see which would work best for the direct to paper method.  For the flowers I used an orchid-purple, with blue for darker shading.  I tried to relax and not be as exact as I usually am with coloring, and if I don't look too closely or be too judgmental I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, especially because it didn't take forever.

Paintings always look better when viewed from some distance, but in the interest of sharing, here's a closer look:

I applied a very little bit of marker color to the shaded areas, and then for the most part I painted water onto the white space and let it bleed and pull the color in.  I touched the marker color, itself, only minimally.  It's a fun experiment that I'll try again.

Love that these big flowers give you room to play.  I'm not sure what the berries are supposed to be, but I'm happy Marcella included them in the set because they make things more colorful and interesting.  There are so many berries and seed clusters with a similar appearance, you can make them pretty much anything, I think.

That's all, folks!  Supplies, such as they are, can be found listed in the recipe below.  Have a gorgeous day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Peony Muse  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor, textured white card base  Ink:  Palette Noir, Tombow markers for watercoloring  Accessories:  Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter with the Oldies

Happy Friday all!  I'd hoped to have a little more stamping done by now, but once the rain stopped I was out in the garden doing spring things.  It didn't help that I was absolutely at a loss as to what to make for my son's Easter card.  For Heaven's sake, he's 41 years old and you'd think an Easter card would hardly matter to him, but I know he'd think there was something wrong with me if I didn't go to the trouble.  I always send a package with a card and Easter candy.  It's a Mom thing, right?

I really need some new Easter stamps.  This card was made with my old, retired Best of Cluck set from Stampin' Up.  The Memory Box Curved Happy Easter die created a hillside on which I stamped the chicks.  They're watercolored all loose and easy on 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.

I added grass with an old D.O.T.S. stamp (now called CTMH).  What manner of hen would hatch a brood like that?  Well, there she is, calling to them from the hilltop.

The sky was painted onto my new Strathmore Mixed Media vellum surface paper.  It looks just like a cloudy sky, doesn't it?  So easy.  I painted water onto the panel, then dabbed ink and moved it around only minimally.

Inside there's a chick just hatching:

The hatching chick was colored with Copic markers.  Supplies are all listed below.

We've got rain and wind again now, so maybe I'll get more stamping done.  I hope you all have a stampingly wonderful weekend!

Stamps:  SU Best of Cluck (retired), D.O.T.S. Hillside Grass, Posh Impressions Wild Grass (inside)  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor, Strathmore 140 lb Mixed Media vellum surface paper, Cool Caribbean, other white inside  Ink:  Palette Noir, SU inks for watercoloring, Memento Tuxedo Black inside, Copics for inside coloring  Accessories:  Memory Box Curved Happy Easter die

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Coloring in the Wee Hours

A few nights ago I had one of those awful sleepless episodes.  They say you shouldn't stay in bed if you can't sleep, so I went to my stamp room and colored.  I never color in the middle of the night, but this particular night once the thought entered my head there was nothing else for it.  I had to color.  I went right to sleep after.  The next night was another sleepless one, but no coloring.  I toughed it out in the darkness until 5 am when I finally drifted off.  I've been sleeping fine since then.  I don't know what gets into me.  Does that happen to you?

So... for my coloring in the wee hours I rummaged in my box of printed digis for something quick and easy.  Probably no surprise that I came up with a Bugaboo -- Floral Teapot.

It was a few days before I made it into a card.  Framed with a Taylored Expressions die that's meant to be used horizontally, but there's no reason the "hello" can't be up the side, I guess.  I made three layers of Neenah 110 lb white and colored the top layer with Copic B21, which is the lightest blue in the teapot.  Fun designer paper on the card base and a few glittery Nuvo drops to echo it.  It's simple, but not too simple.  Just another stop on the road to utter simplicity, but I don't think I'll ever quite get there.

About that sleeplessness... I've read everything there is to read, adhere to all the dos and avoid the don'ts.  Don't eat too close to bedtime, don't read your Kindle or use the computer, don't exercise or drink alcohol or coffee or anything with caffeine.  They even say don't read in bed.  What???  They can't take everything away!

Enjoy your day.  I've been out making hay while the sun shines.  The rain is on it's way back...  Supplies listed below.  Thanks for making my day with your visit!

Stamps:  Bugaboo digi Floral Teapot  Paper:  Neenah Classic White (image panel and card base), Neenah 110 lb white (frame), Echo Park Fine and Dandy designer paper  Ink:  Printer, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Baby Blue Stickles glitter glue, Nuvo Sherbet Shimmer Glitter Drops, Signo Uniball white gel pen, Taylored Expressions Picture Perfect - Smile/Hello die

Friday, March 31, 2017

Experimenting with New-to-Me Mixed Media Paper

Hi, there!  Yes, I've been under a rock and I've never tried mixed media paper before, but I was enabled to do so by Pam at Expressions with Heart.  She's been using it for sponging beautiful backgrounds, which is what I hoped to do as well, but somehow I veered off in another direction.  Sponging is yet to come...

First of all, I should tell you the paper is Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface.  Prices vary.  I got it on Amazon for about half the price shown on the link I provided, as I chose one of the other sellers.  I didn't know what to expect with the "vellum surface".  It's not vellum as we know it, but very smooth and it handles ink beautifully.

On my first card I mixed two media on my mixed media paper.  Three, if you count the glitter.

The media I mixed are Copic coloring for the image, and ink smooshing for the background.  I'm happy to report the paper works as well with Copics as it does with water-based inks.  You know how you can use the Colorless Blender for removing inks outside the lines?  Well, with this paper you can cleanly remove every hint of color.  I've never had another paper on which the Colorless Blender worked so well.

After the Copic coloring was done I painted water around the areas I wanted to smoosh, then scribbled a Tombow marker on an acrylic block and used it like a stamp on the paper.  The Memento ink I used for the image outline will smear when wet, so I had to be careful to avoid it.  Another option is to smoosh first, then do the stamping and coloring.

To finish the card I stamped the retired JustRite sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black and touched the snow first with clear Stickles glitter, then sprinkled micro-fine glitter over that.  The image is Penny Black's Pretty Perch.

That was so much fun, I had to try another, this time watercolored with Tombow markers.

Another Penny Black image, Poppy Gems , with a very old Uptown Design sentiment from my collection

Ink moves like crazy on this paper.  It's probably not the best for watercoloring because you can lift the ink right off with water.  However, I like how it enabled the marker ink to move around, rather than soak in and get stuck in one spot.  Layer the inks one color at a time, dab with water, but not too much water.  I like the loose, splotchy effect.  More smooshing in the background.  I have a lot more experimenting yet to do.

I will have more stamping next week, but first there are some things around the house and garden that need my attention.  The forecast calls for a couple of dry days coming up.  This rain has been relentless!  I hope you're enjoying a better spring where you are.  Have a happy day!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Vintage Easter

Welcome back!  I have a few more cards to share this week and I do hope you'll enjoy them.  Today it's an Easter card.  I don't buy many holiday-specific stamps, except Christmas, so I find myself hard pressed to come up with anything new.  However, I do have this Power Poppy digi stamp called Vintage Easter Egg, and because of its name I was inspired to turn it into a vintage card.

I recently printed several Power Poppy digis all in the same manner, with the color lightened and then a softening filter applied.  In this case I lightened and softened the image, but added the sentiment "full strength".

It was colored with Copic markers to coordinate with the Prima Romantique designer paper.  Notice the lady on the far right -- she appears to be wearing a fancy Easter bonnet.  I layered two patterns for the Sue Wilson Porto die, and the colored image was cut with an older Spellbinders Large Scalloped Oval die.

After coloring I did the cracked glass technique:  Thoroughly smooshed the image with Versamark ink, then embossed with ultra-thick embossing enamel.  Repeated once for extra coverage.  Put it in the freezer for a few minutes.  It curled, as it always does with this technique, and when I flattened it out it cracked.  I rubbed saffron ink into the cracks for a more aged look, then wiped off the excess with a soft cloth.

I counted up all my not-yet-used stamps the other day.  Have you ever done that?  I keep them separate so it's easy to see what needs attention.  Turns out, if I whittled away at the rate of three a week it would take six months to use each of them once, but realistically it will take longer.  I'm really trying to get a handle on this.  Your thoughts?

I'm going to link up to The Sisterhood of Crafters Lace Challenge today.  Thanks, Sisterhood!

I'll keep on stamping and check back with you later this week.  I'm so glad you stopped by.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Vintage Easter Egg digi  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Very Vanilla, Bazzill blush, Prima Romantique designer paper  Ink:  Printer, Versamark, Saffron, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Lace, ribbon, button, linen thread, ultra-thick embossing enamel, Sue Wilson Portuguese Collection - Porto die, Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals Large, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Friday, March 24, 2017

Two for Christmas in March

Hello!  I hope you'll bear with me as I wrap up the week with the monthly Christmas cards.  I have to honor my commitment to myself, and if I don't share them it would be too easy to cheat, wouldn't it?

I kept it simple this month, using only dies and stamped sentiments.  First up is a sponged sky in the background.  It could be a bright moonlit night or a winter sun.  I just didn't feel like going dark with it, so perhaps it's not very realistic, but then, neither is a glittery gold tree in the stitched landscape.

The sponging was done with teal ink on X-Press It Blending Card, but the dies are cut with Neenah 110 lb white -- my favorite for dies.  The tree is three layers.  The top was smooshed into my Versamark pad and embossed with gold embossing tinsel.  I can't even begin to capture the flash and sparkle in a photo, but I tried.  Just imagine it 1000% more sparkly:

Dies used on the first card are:

  • Simon Says Stamp Birch Column
  • Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes
  • Impression Obsession Fir Trees

The second card is simpler still.  Just the Birch Column with a Power Poppy Botanical Tree "Joy" sentiment.  I layered the Birch Column over silver glitter paper and used shimmery silver card stock for the base.  The sentiment is embossed with a claret-color powder, and star sequins added.

Back to spring stamping after this.  There's been more going on with the stamp room re-do.  Rich put up a molding strip and I had to take some things apart for spray painting, so it's somewhat in disarray at the moment.  I allowed myself  a few crafty days before making another mess in there, but currently it's not easy to stamp when all my inks and embossing powders, etc. are in another room...  I do have a couple of cards I'm still limping through, trying to finish.  See you next week, I hope!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My First Altenew

Good morning (or afternoon or evening)!  I hope all is well and good in your world today.  I have yet more stamping to share today.  Share 'em if you've got 'em, right?  I recently purchased my first Altenew stamps.  Golden Garden for the flowers, and Wishing You for the sentiment.  We danced around each other for a while and then I thought it was time to sit down and play.

There are a lot of different stamps in the Golden Garden set and it took some figuring on scrap paper to decide how best to put them together.  Ultimately I used just three of its stamps and made a very simple card.

I like the brush stroke look of this set and really just wanted something super easy to color.  A few strokes and dabs with limited Copics was all it required to look passable.  You could do more or less.  It's hard for me to leave well enough alone.

This is one leaf stamp and one seed cluster, each stamped twice with no masking.  The flower was cut out and glued on.  I drew intersecting lines with a black Copic Spica glitter pen and accented behind the image panel with a black Memory Box Riviera Corner.

More playing is in order with these stamps as there are about 15,000 different things you can do with them.  That number, by the way, is unverified, but you can do a lot.

I'm off and running again.  Have a good day!

Stamps:  Altenew Golden Garden (flowers) and Wishing You (sentiment  Paper:  Neenah Classic White for image panel, Neenah 110 lb white for card base, SU Marigold Morning, black  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Queen & Co sequins, Copic Spica Pitch Black glitter pen, Memory Box Riviera Corner

Monday, March 20, 2017

Graceful Still Life

Well, hello again, and welcome to Monday!  I'm happy to be moving right along with more never-been-used stuff.  Today it's this oh-so-beautiful Graceful Still Life digi stamp from Power Poppy.  Is that not the sweetest, most feminine image?

I also used a corner die that I picked up at Dies R Us for at least 70% off.  I'm not certain, but I think they're closing out these Die-namites dies as the prices are still hugely slashed.  You can almost always find something you like for 70% off.  It makes a simple, unimposing frame for the colored image.

Pictured below are the Copics I used.  I tried to limit the color palette, just switching around many of the same colors in different areas.

To create a soft, romantic look to the print I lightened somewhat and then put a softening filter on it.

This digi set includes the dogwood branch all by itself, so I went ahead and colored that one, too.  The occasional sunny day we've had has really gotten me in the mood for fresh, light spring colors.

Have a beautiful day!

Card #1:  Stamps:  Power Poppy Graceful Still Life digi  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, So Saffron, white card base, Prima Julie Nutting designer paper  Ink:  Printer, Copics for coloring as pictured above  Accessories:  Pearl, Die-namites Scrolly Corner

Card #2:  Stamps:  Power Poppy Graceful Still Life digi (dogwood branch), My English Rose clear stamp set (sentiment)  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Bazzill Springtime green  Ink:  Printer, SU Garden Green, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Die-namites Scrolly Corner

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Happy Hello

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Gee, maybe I should have made something green for today, but there's a little bit of green on my card, and more peeking from the inside.  See it there?

Today I've used something brand new as well as something not new, but never been used.  The stamp set is Flower Silhouettes (new), and the twirly clouds have been waiting their turn for quite a while.  I even had a little sun for the picture.  Oh, happy day!

I wondered why I was drawn to this particular stamp set out of all the new stamp sets I see every day.  It wasn't until I sat down to work with it that I realized it's a Bugaboo stamp.  There's just something about Bugaboo...

This set is very easy and quick for cute cards, which probably accounts for why I used it without delay.  In fact, I made two cards lickety split.  No complex coloring or techniques.  Just plain fun.  The little bit of coloring was done with Copic markers, and I used Nuvo drops in the flower centers.

I hope you all have a happy weekend!

Stamps:  Flower Silhouettes  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Neenah Classic White, SU! Real Red  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Apple Green Nuvo Crystal Drops, Fiskars scallop scissors, Poppystamps Twirly Clouds

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Things that Fly -- A Double D Challenge

Hello, and welcome to another Double D challenge!  We're doing "Things that Fly" this time around, and the inspiration board has lots of options.  The nice thing about creating for a specific challenge is that it gets you to looking around your stamp room, and that's how I happened to use all old stamps on my card today.

The Stampendous butterflies are my first ever clear stamp set, dated 2004.  I would have guessed they were older.  2004 doesn't sound like so long ago, but 13 years...  I guess it's relative, 'cause, you know, the 70s don't seem like so long ago to me, either.

The butterflies are embossed in black -- once on the card and again cut out with the wings lifted.

I also used an old script background, old sentiment, some leaves I've had quite a while.  I even used some of my oldest Spellbinders dies.  All details are in the recipe further down.  The velvet ribbon was pulled from a drawer full of velvet ribbon that I hardly use anymore.  All good stuff!

I took inspiration from the black and white butterflies and the flower color in the board below:

The team will vote on favorites, but additionally a random winner will receive this prize:

I remembered to photograph the inside of the card, too:

Come on over to our "Things that Fly" challenge and see more team samples.  They're pretty amazing!  Have a good day!

Stamps:  Stampendous Butterflies, Hero Arts So Sorry (leaves), JustRite Sympathy sentiments, SU! retired En Francais background  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, SU! retired Cameo Coral  Ink:  SU! retired Ruby Red and Cameo Coral, Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Archival Shadow Grey  Accessories:  Velvet ribbon, black embossing powder, white embossing powder, Spellbinders Curved Rectangles Nestabilities (sentiment tab) and Parisian Accents (border)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Warm and Cozy

My stamp room is finally usable again!  Can you feel my happy?  It still needs some finishing touches, so I'll wait to share pictures, but it looks so fresh and pretty and I want to be in there all the time.  I cannot, of course, sigh...

Power Poppy is currently previewing their spring stamp release -- eight new swoonworthy sets and you know I love them all!  For the time being, however, I'm trying to catch up on coloring some of Marcy's digis I've collected.  While I'm in the mood for spring, today's card speaks more to the dark, rainy days we've been having and it makes me feel like curling up by the fire.

Using the Get Wool Soon digi, I made it for an ailing friend who dabbles in knitting and likes a purple and blue color combo.  It's printed on 140 lb hot press watercolor paper and watercolored with Stampin' Up! inks.  I lightened the image before printing, but it was still easy enough to see the detail.  It gave the yarn a nice, soft look.

You may tee hee at what I've got going on there with my knitting project.  I honestly don't know anything about knitting.  Maybe my friend had a good giggle when she received this card, but you know they say laughter is the best medicine.

After painting I unleashed a splatter storm on it in an effort to disguise some inky streaks my printer left behind.  Darn printer, but I love that it lets me watercolor.

I'll be back Wednesday.  Keep stamping, my friends!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Get Wool Soon digi  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor, Brocade Blue, Bazzill dark brown  Ink:  Printer, various Stampin' Up! inks for watercoloring  Accessories:  Scotch brand foam mounting tape to pop up image panel

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Painting the Stamp Room

Hi, friends!  Since there's not much in the way of stamping going on here I thought I'd share a little peek at what's been keeping me busy.  I was in an energy lull after Christmas, which went on far too long, so I thought it was time to start painting my stamp room.  Seems like it's taking forever, but considering we only work on it a couple hours a day, what can I expect?  There are a lot of other things that need doing, as well.

Two walls and the ceiling are done, so I put half the room back together.  Check out the color.  I thought I had selected a pale aqua, but it appears more mint green to me.  Minty fresh.  I like it more all the time, but I still keep trying to see aqua in it.  The mint green is rather retro looking, but when you get down to it, aqua is a rather retro color, too.  Think old cars and every kitchen my mom ever had when I was growing up.  Okay, you wouldn't know about the kitchens, but trust me...  Mom said it was a cool color and she needed that in the kitchen.

The other half of the room still looks like this (below).  You can see the old color.  Hey, it looked good at one time.

Meanwhile, this is going on across the hall where LuLu has laid claim to a pile of warm laundry.  I know... dog hair, sheesh!  Just give it a good shake.  Love me, love my dog hair.

I finally hung up the seashell wreath I bought last summer.  It has nothing to do with stamping, but I like it and it looks good with the color.  Crafted by a local artist from local beach findings.  I have another one in my blue bathroom.

Mint green... or aqua...?  I'm so confused!  There is a fine line between the two colors.

Two walls to go and some finishing touches, but it already looks so much more bright and cheery.  I'm heading off to paint, now.  See you soon, I hope!  Have a good day!

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