Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden, Stampin' Up!This has been a wonderful day!  Mike & I are painting the top half of the house, so we’ve been looking at colors.  As a realtor, he wants neutrals, but I want color.  So we compromised on darker neutrals.  I know what you’re thinking.  That’s not much of a compromise.  But that’s ok.  I get my way on so many other things, I can live with this.  And I love the colors we picked.

We bought some samples today to just see if we liked our choices.  I got my color coach out later, and I realized that we chose Crumb Cake and Early Espresso for the Living/Dining rooms and Soft Suede for the family room.  They’re exact matches.  Not surprising, since those are some of my favorite neutrals.

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I worked on some craft projects.  I played around with an idea for an upcoming blog hop, and worked on projects for the technique class this week.  And then the boys both came by.  Steph was at work and Rachel was visiting a friend, so Jon & Wes ended up here.  I love having any or all of the kids around.  Last night, Wes and Steph stopped by so he could work out, and she cooked dinner for all of us.  It was delicious – and so much fun.

We’ll be dyeing at class this week.  (Almost left that “e” out.  That would put a real damper on the class, wouldn’t it?)  The doily on my card was “dip-dyed.”  The technique is a little messy, and takes awhile to dry, but I love the way it turned out.  Of course, since I covered it with flowers, you can’t tell that the edges are much darker than the center.  Still, I love the Island Indigo doily with the Calypso Coral card stock.  The Secret Garden flowers are watercolored with Pool Party and Calypso Coral ink, and the leaves are Garden Green card stock.  Of course, I used the Secret Garden framelits to die-cut them.  I embossed the Calypso Coral panel with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder, then added a sentiment from Bring on the Cake.

Just in case you were wondering, here’s a picture of the dining room.  It’s just in the rough; I was painting pretty fast with a brush.  When I go back and finish, it will look much better.

Dining room; paintingI like it. Mike’s on the fence. So I have less than 24 hours to convince him it looks amazing. Maybe I should pull out my Strawberry Slush card. Bet he’d like that Early Espresso a lot more if Strawberry Slush or Primrose Petals were other options!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.  Have a wonderful day!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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6 Responses to Secret Garden Party

  1. Trish ricktrish says:

    Have you thought about an “accent wall” that “marries” with the main colors?? that way you get your color “fix” – lots of folks do that here. Have fun!! xoxox Trish k Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2014 02:42:02 +0000 To: ricktrishk@msn.com

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  2. Emilie Boyd says:

    That is a beautiful card!

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  3. Susan Horr says:

    I love this car, Buffy. I am going to have to try the dyEing technique (made to make sure I put that “e” in too). By the way, can you come up here and paint my walls? I only live up the road!

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  4. buffycooper says:

    Sure! I figure I can slug past all your snow and stuff by…July.

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