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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Good Morning, Sunshine!


It's opening day of the 2021 Baseball season, and I'm in luck because my work schedule had a change today and I am home watching. I've been a BB fan since high school (that's a long time), and even had season tickets for several years. I gave them up when I started traveling for work, but I still watch my team every day, or at least listen on Sirus XM when out of my home area, throughout the season. If my favorite team isn't on, I'll watch other teams around the country.

Now, on to my card post for today, I saw that the Retro Rubber Challenge has a Rainbow theme this week and I wanted to play along. I actually have two cards. The first one I made uses no rubber stamps, and since the challenge is called Retro Rubber, I thought I should make a stamped card as well.

I'm using a fairly old Taylored Expressions set, not sure the year but I'm thinking over 10 years old, called Delightful Day. There are several images in the set including two little birdies that caught my attention.

I put the two bird stamps onto an acrylic block together, figuring out how to space them, then stamped them across the panel. I colored them with Copics in the 6 rainbow colors. The card background is a piece of rainbow plaid patterned paper from Lawn Fawn.  Using a TE Grass Border die, I cut the grass from SU Green Galore card stock, then added a small piece of black card stock. The small enamel flowers I bought several years ago at a Scrapbook shop in Sacramento, CA. The greeting speech bubble is fussy cut and popped up with foam tape. This is a "mini" slimline card measuring 3.5 x 6.0 inches. 

I used another piece of the patterned paper and another of the set sentiments on the inside.

For the first, no stamping card, I used an older Altenew stencil called Halftone. Using GKD inks in rainbow colors and blending brushes I made the front panel for the card. Using a SU Stitched Rectangle die, I cut the center of the stenciled panel, then popped it up on the card base with additional layers of card stock instead of using foam tape, a la Jennifer McGuire. The alpha dies are from TE, again probably 7-10 years old. The letters are cut from SU Lovely Lilac card stock and glued to the die cut panel. The letters are brushed with a very liberal amount of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer clear glitter, then covered with Crystal Effects to give them a sparkly, shimmery look. The paper flowers are from my stash. I used one on the inside too. I glued the yellow pom-pom in the center to continue with the dots theme.

Here is the inside, again no stamping. I used the Aqua Shimmer and Crystal Effects here too.

Enjoy your Thursday afternoon and your Friday. Thanks for popping in,



Taylored Expressions Delightful Day stamp set and Grass border die, Gina K Designs heavy weight and layering weight card stock, Black Onyx ink, Lawn Fawn plaid paper, Copic markers, SU Basic Black and Green Galore card stock, enamel flower embellishments,  Gemini Jr, foam tape, Connect liquid glue

Altenew Halftone stencil, Gina K Designs Red Hot, Tangerine Twist, Wild Dandelion, Lucky Clover, Blue Raspberry inks, GKD heavy and layering weight card stock, GKD blending brushes, Taylored Expressions tall alpha dies, SU Stitched Rectangle die, SU Lovely Lilac and Basic Black card stock, Nuvo Aqua Shimmer glitter, Crystal Effects, Gemini Jr, paper flowers


  1. Colleen, your birdie card is just adorable. I like the way you've really thought out the rainbow idea and used it in different ways from the birds to tiny row of flowers to the rainbow plaid paper. Thank you for joining is with us again at Retro Rubber Challenge.

  2. LOVE that you went with a rainbow of birdies, I love it. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

  3. Sorry I'm a little late with this comment!!
    I love your little "chattering" rainbow birds, so colorful and fun.
    Your second card is cheerful and a great way to say "happy birthday", awesome way to finish the inside of both cards.
    Thank you for sharing with us at RETRO RUBBER.
    Stay healthy and safe.


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