Wonderful Friends

Today’s card is a heartfelt thank you for the father, Martin,  of my best friend, Chris.  Chris volunteered her dad to do some much needed repair and reinforcement on our kitchen chairs.  Our table and chairs are very old, vintage if not antique. The table is an oak round with three leaves and I have gotten as many as 10 people around it, although a bit squished.  We have 5 chairs – before you ask why only 5 it’s because that’s all the antique store had in the set when I bought it 15 years ago – also oak with a leather seat seat pressed – like embossed – with a very cool design.  They were getting very creaky and rickety and two guests had already had calamities in them.  Time for repair or new chairs.  I really did not want new, these were too perfect with the table.  Christine said her dad could fix these up, no problem.  And boy did he.  The next day, the first two we had sent were already finished and he was asking for the other three, which he also finished in no time.  They don’t squeak, they don’t wiggle, the rungs are snug and tight in the legs.  They are like new.  Here is the card I made for Martin to express our gratitude, because he refused to let us pay him anything.


About my card
1.  Color combos  I love the combination of Bermuda Bay and Real Red.  They both make the other pop especially on a white background.   I used my aqua pen and some re-ink and colored the vases.  I also shaded the vases on one side and the bottom with smokey slate.

2.  Snip Snip. I stamped the image from Vivid Vases three times, once on my note card base, and once each on a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Fresh Prints Stack. I snipped out the flowers and adhered them over the stamped flower.  TIP – put your drop of glue where you are putting a tiny little piece instead of trying to put glue ON the tiny little piece that you then inevitable get covered in glue and/or drop it.  There was even enough paper left to use as a liner for the envelope.

3. Asymmetrical.  I initially thought I would place the image right smack in the middle of this card.  Tried it, it didn’t work.  It was crooked, just a little bit maybe, but enough for me not to like it.  It is very hard to center something like that and I think even harder using a wood mount stamp where you can’t see the edges.  Asymmetrical to the rescue.  Place your image in a bottom or top corner and see if you don’t like it better.  I do this all the time on the inside of my cards.  If I can’t feel confident I can place it perfectly in the center and be perfectly horizontal I go for a corner.  Probably a ‘signature’ thing now for me.  


Thanks for stopping by today.  For those of you celebrating,  I hope are having a great Easter weekend.

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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Calamities!?! Oh, no! This is a great card, and I am particularly happy to allowed red and flowers into this guy card. Nice work – as always.

  2. What a wonderful card you made! Love the color combos and the way you put together the stamped/cut image, reverse of some others I’ve seen. Your shading is great too, can’t wait to try your tips out 🙂 Thanks. So wonderful to have friends like yours too!

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