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Monday, April 11, 2016

Muse by "Neets & Crafty"

Today I am playing along with the Muse Challenge # 161 by the talented Anita!

She used Brushos and had a beautiful piece of paper to work with, then added a delicate and intricate flower die cut.  I used some of my stash made with inka gold and a smooshing technique that Loll shows on her blog, here is a link to the video.  I had several papers made up so I pulled out two and die cut the Fresh Daisies from SSS.
The Inka gold for the flower is called Steel Blue. The background paper was made with smooshing distress ink and Inka Gold platinum onto the paper.
We had a great Sunday, up very early (5:30 AM) to drive an hour away and watch our granddaughter Ellie play in a volleyball tournament.  Her team has managed to stay in the Platinum division all season (that is above the Gold division!!).  And this was the best one of all...her team WON the division.  And that included four teams from the Washington Volleyball Ass.!  Sadly her parents missed this tournament as they planned a little get away to NYC for 5 days!!  But we cheered the team on and celebrated with them. Now they can go to our regional finals as a number ONE seed!
We have one more travel tournament to Reno next weekend before our final regional tournament!
Here is a picture of the team, Ellie is in a white jersey (she is the libero).  My husband is standing on the right.

Have a great week friends!

Heart Hugs, friends!
And can I just take a moment
to thank Loll Thompson for working with me to get a watermark and my signature on my blog?  She is awesome, because I am not sure it was easy to work with me, I am so computer challenged....but she stuck with me and we got it done and I love it and I so appreciate her talent, her time and all the energy she put into helping me with this task.
Loll, you are the best, most patient person and I LOVE the watermark and my signature, so Thank you very much!!


  1. Beautiful Col. Love your background.

  2. Such a beautiful card Colleen, love the blue flower and your watermark-yay!

  3. Wow! congratulations to your family for their wonderful win!! What an amazing Grandma you are to travel to her games! She'll never forget it!

    Your card is spectacular! that background is stunning. I have tried the smooshing and failed miserably! You always do it so beautifully!!

    Congrats on your signature! what a blessing to have a good friend to help you. : ) It looks great!


  4. Gorgeous smooshing! A real elegant card! Congrats to your granddaughter and her team - what an achievement!

  5. Your smooshed inka gold card is gorgeous Colleen. LOVE! And a great interpretation of Anita's Muse card. LOVE the colours!

    Congrats to your granddaughter --- that is SO EXCITING!

    And you are very welcome. I enjoyed working with you to create your watermark and signature. Looks great Colleen! xx

  6. What a gorgeous card and gorgeous background, Colleen! I really need to check out this Inka Gold that I keep seeing. It really is so pretty. I like your watermark signature too! So professional and classy. Congrats to you hubbies and grand daughter's team!!

  7. Love that beautiful background and the Inka flowers! Congrats to your granddaughter! What an accomplishment for her team! Your watermark and signature look great! Loll is so very talented and generous!

  8. Oh, looks like such a wonderful technique! Love the final serene and beautiful! Huge congrats to your granddaughter that is so exciting!:-) And, love your new watermark and your signature!

  9. I love the background, and I love using that die to inlay into a background. Congrats on your granddaughters daughter played volleyball in high school and I always enjoyed the games!

  10. Love the softness of your colours! So glad you joined us at Muse this week!

  11. Love the Inka Gold on the flower - a great contrast to the softer background colors! Congrats to your granddaughter - so exciting to be part of a top ranked team! Love the new signature & watermark.

  12. Very pretty card. The blues are beautiful :)

  13. beautiful take on the challenge Colleen!

  14. Wonderful take on the Muse inspiration, Colleen! Loved Loll's video--thanks for the link! How super exciting for your granddaughter--Indy, here you come!!

  15. What dreamy colours, perfect for a sympathy card. Glad I could inspire you. Thanks for playing along at Muse x


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