Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Before I begin our Coloring Down the Lines post this week, I must say that my heart is heavy with the events that occured in Boston yesterday at the marathon. I am a Massachusetts girl born & raised! I was actually born in & lived in Boston until my jr. high years. It's my first home. It was horrible watching the events unfold yesterday. Not to mention, my son & his fiancee were right there when it happened, & it was awhile before they were able to reach us to tell us they were ok. Tense moments. My prayers are with everyone involved-the runners who worked so hard for the race, the victims, their families, the emergency workers that had to endure that horrific scene, and the people of the city of Boston. But knowing so many there, they will not let this coward win! The city will come back stronger than before!

So now onto the blog hop! Hi there to my visitors from Helen's blog! Love her card this week!!!!

This week's colors were Cherry Cobbler & Riding Hood Red-incidentally, Riding Hood Red will be retiring with the new color refresh! Be sure to get your supplies now!!

Anyway, here goes:

 So many of my customers ask me how I decide to design a card. I usually start with the stamp set. With these challenges, we are given specific colors, so I have to begin there. 
These 2 colors were tough because they are so close.  

So I got the colors out then went to the stamp collection & decided to pull out my Cross My Heart set from the Spring Mini. I used it quite a bit around Valentine's Day, but this is really more versatile than I thought! This is red, but not Valentine's in my opinion!!!

And of course must emboss!!!! The Lattice Embossing Folder works so well for this "double" embossing!!

Time for my close up Mr. DeMille!

I do use my Oval Framelits quite a bit. I like them-especially for something like this. It's a nice combination of rounded & square. I usually tend to stick with the same shapes, but I like the contrast here.

I pulled out my Beautiful Wings Embosslits to make the butterflies. It's kinda hard to tell, but I added some Crystal Effects to the butterflies & the flower to give a shiny pop! It's a bigger pop in person! lol

So now on to Liz's blog to see what's "poppin'" over there!!! Sorry, couldn't resist!! She rocks!!!

So I bid you a fond farewell until next time. Take the time to hug your loved ones & let them know you love them. You never know.  

Happy Stampin'!


  1. Joni, so glad your son and his fiancee are ok. Certainly must have been scary for you. And you are right about hugs. Your card is beautiful. I love those little butterflies, and now I have to figure out where that pretty little flower came from. Very pretty use of the colors and the stamp set, lots of interest. Hugs to you.

  2. Joni, TONS of texture in this one!! Great job!

  3. Hey Joni. You did a really nice job with this one. I thought it was a hard color combo this week, but I really love yours. I'll have to CASE, if you don't mind???