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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I *heart* orchids!!

Yay!! I finally stamped something! Were you starting to think all I'd ever post about again was blog awards and websites?? I was having a seriously difficult time finding the mojo / ambition / energy / whatever to even ENTER my stamp room!! Not good. But yesterday I was able to avoid my family the entire day (is it terrible that I like days like that??) and spend some time organizing and clearing the MASSIVE amount of clutter off of my desk and floor (I even found some stamps I forgot that I had ordered - SCORE!) and when I sat down to that nice, clean desk, I was able to stamp. YAY!! I decided to ink up one of my (MANY!) stamps that have never been used. This is yet another one that I *absolutely had to have* as soon as it was released - I adore orchids, and this stamp is soooooo pretty! It's part of the Gina K Botanical Dreams set, designed by Asela Hopkins. The rest of the set is gorgeous too, but I'll admit I bought the entire thing pretty much just to get this one image!! Well ok, this is funny - I just looked at the set online so I could link it up, and I now remember that I also bought it for that awesome Henry David Thoreau quote, yet when I made this card last night I somehow didn't even notice it!!! Aaaaaah! I used a similar sort of quote from a Hero Arts set, because I had decided this would be a graduation card (I have several graduates to send cards to this year!). That is just too funny, I'm such a dope sometimes! Anyway... I decided that not all graduation cards have to include caps and gowns and diplomas. There's nothing wrong with making a pretty orchid card for a graduate! Don't you agree?? The background is a Top Note die cutout that I received as a RAK from Anita a while back - it was white, but I colored it with a Copic marker. The marker is on the verge of drying out, so the coverage wasn't great - which created a really cool effect, that looks sorta like suede! Sadly you can't really see just how pretty this card is - I'm *HOPING* this will be the last terrible card photo I post on here - because today Mr. Brown is SUPPOSED TO be bringing me a brand new light box thingie for taking card photos of my very own!!! I'm so excited!! My dear hubby ordered me one for Mother's Day, isn't that awesome??!?! But it was delivered while we were in San Diego, and apparently somebody STOLE IT from our front doorstep!!! Isn't that TERRIBLE?!?! But thankfully whoever he ordered it from was super, duper cool and sent out a replacement. Which should be here TODAY! Yay. :-) Ok... better post this... I'm rambling and having a hard time even following my own thoughts because my brother is IM'ing me about Twitter as I type this. Blogging, IM, Twitter - don't I sound like I'm just on top of all the social networking stuff? I'm so hip. (HA!) Thanks for stopping by today. :-)
  • Stamps: Botanical Dreams from Gina K Designs, Anytime Messages from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Chocolate Chip, GP white
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip, Copic markers
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, sponge


  1. I agree with you Libby, graduations cards do not need to have hats and etc... This card is gorgeous, and I love it! Love the saying! Perfect for this occasion! So sorry to hear that somebody stole your package... I can't believe it...

  2. Hey Libby, pretty card. I had a copic act like it was out of ink when I was coloring a background like that...I layed it down and when I came back it was all "plumped" up again. Still learning. Pretty card!

  3. Glad you are out of your funk :). Great card! Sorry to hear about someone stealing your light box- boo on them! You are still chipper though and that is what is great. Cheers!

  4. Darling...great coloring of the orchid!

    And I love being able to hide out in my office too! I almost feel bad for saying that (almost!).

  5. Beautiful card Libby. Thanks soooo much for nominating me for an award on your blog. I am seriously honored having it come from you!! I can't believe someone stole your lightbox!! You are going to love it once it comes in. :)

  6. Glad to see you stamping again Libby, this is a beautiful card. Graduates don't need caps, they look silly anyway!

    Can't wait to see pictures in your fancy schmancy light box.

  7. I've always thought this set was so pretty, and the orchid is perfect for you, being an orchid lover and all. I love the way the background turned out with your nearly dry Copic. Nope, grad cards certainly don't have to be all caps and gowns!


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