Sunday, October 6, 2019


I'm so happy that the Card Concept 120 Cozy Cottage challenge dropped into my inbox right now!! It happens to be my mother's birthday (blog post about mamacita below) and she loves flowers. I, personally, happen to love blue and yellow, but especially sunflowers and delft patterns!! So, it was like total Kismet, baby...Kismet! 

I LOVED all the cards, but drew inspiration from Angel Rivera's Delft look and Betty Wright's Sunflowers. But I'm also a mixed media girl like Tangii Crain and Julie Gearinger???...but doesn't this smack of C&S just a bit like Susan Powel? It could sorta fit in the Classy and Elegant category Marcie Sharp, Mackie Robertson, and Nancy Penir, right? Granted, Classy and Layered like Michele Henderson and Maureen Plut might be a stretch, but after a glass or four of wine...OH *&^%^^ I DON"T KNOW! Let's just say everyone at The Card Concept influenced me in some way, shape or form. And that's the truth, my friends. 

This sunflower is made with McGill punches and they are so challenging that I've only made 3 in my lifetime. Mostly because to really make them beautiful I use Stampin' Up paper and it's 85lb paper. Difficult to punch and shape. But worth it!

Using thin manicure tape, I taped a grid, stamped using a background stamp and then carefully shaded the blocks to emulate the delft pattern before removing the tape. I stamped Happy Birthday on acetate. I thought about velum and ribbons, etc. but just didn't want to take away from the flower. I put a pearl on the inside of the stamen but covered most of it up. I just wanted a tiny hint to show.

Thanks to the Card Concept and Designers! 


**There are tutorials on pinterest and youtube on making these sunflowers. I have the actual McGill sheet and will be happy to email you the file if you like! Just email me at

McGill Paper Blossoms Punches: 
• 12 sets of shapes (only lg and next to lg) from Star Lily MCG64511 in SU! Daffodil Delight
• 1 shape from Lg. Highland Snowflake MCG64535 in SU! Old Olive
• 3 shapes from Sun MCG64533 in Brown and Black
• 4 shapes from Birch Leaf MCG64502 in SU! Old Olive
Penny Black Stamp-I can't find the name anywhere...sorry!
SU! Marina Mist
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Black Staz-On

October 2nd is my mother's birthday. It's a day of celebration for everyone. It better be. 

My mom is STILL, at 7___, a beauty. Always has been, always will be.



My mother is classy, quiet, innocent, slim and stylish.

I, on the other hand, am none of these things, which further confirms my childhood suspicions that I was adopted.

But I DO think we've been good for each other. She has been a tremendous influence and help to me. She has always been my rock. I could not have asked for a better mother. I love her with every bit of my being. And no matter what, I know that whatever happens in my life, I can reach out and she'll be there.

Probably holding bail money.

(And for the LAST time...I swear, Ma...I did NOT cut the bathroom window sill with a knife back in 1978! That was the one-and, likely, only-thing of which I remain completely innocent! Besides, my irreproachable and seraphic brother must have a sin (or two) to call his own, or Jesus might be a tad miffed. I'm just sayin'...)

Love you, Mama!!



  1. Absolutely GORGEOUS! The card and your MOM! Happy Birthday to HER! Beautifully done! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Card Concept!

  2. Oh my god how have I not found your blog before? I'm howling! You had me at your blog header and things just got better from there. Love your gorgeous card and your brilliant sense of humour!

    1. I'm so glad! I take enormous pleasure in hanging out my life to dry on the clothesline of life, replete with clothespins crafted from ADHD meds and carefully selected neuroses. I'm continuing to type, even though my brain is screaming "Are you freaking kidding me? After THOSE metaphors? You need to hit delete and the Ambien at the same time, girlie-girl!" But I never listen. So...ahem...uh...welcome to the blog? 😂

  3. Beautiful!! I'm sure your mother loved it. Thanks so much for joining us at The Card Concept.

  4. That card is drop dead gorgeous! The sunflower is amazing and I agree about those punches. Gave them up long ago. That background is so well done. If I hadn't read your description I'd have thought it was designer paper.

    I enjoyed your hilarious post too? Your mom is beautiful and no, I have none of her qualities.

  5. Wow, love your sunflower as well as the delft background! I am sure your Mother loved it as well and she looks so young :-) Hugs and thanks for sharing your life and card with us at The Card Concept- we hope you can join us again soon!

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