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Wednesday’s Card: Flower Fest

Flower Fest

Hi All!

School starts here in Dallas next week, so we are enjoying our last week at home together! It has been a great summer.

I did a lot of water-spotting on this card. I really love the look you get when you use the Stampin’ Up! cardstock – it’s different from other cardstocks. The water spots remove a lot more color for some reason. And Pumpkin Pie is just a great color to use for all-over. It’s just so vibrant!

I used Copic markers for the coloring. Because the flowers are so small, I just used two shades of each color. You can read my recent post about Copic Markers HERE.

I had someone comment a couple of weeks ago (shout-out to Cathy!) about how I probably spend a lot of time in advance on these cards. I never really thought about it before, but I thought it was worth mentioning… You probably think the design process and color combinations come really easy to me, but I tell you… it doesn’t most of the time!! I usually spend about 90 minutes thinking about and creating the first version of the card. And you know what? At least 1/2 of the cards I feel aren’t good enough for video!! If I make one that I am happy with, I create another and videotape it, and I usually make a few small changes to the second videotaped version to make it look a little better. One time I probably tried 10 different color combos on a card before I found the right one!

Anyway, if you find yourself putting a ton of thought into a card (or almost every card!), don’t fret!! You are not alone. 🙂

Have a great week!!

SONG: “Shadow of the Day” by Linkin Park.



  1. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 7:52 am


    Hi Darlene

    I can’ view your video today – it indicates “This video is private”. I usually don’t have any trouble but I am in Canada so sometimes there are issues on other sites. Anyways, it’s a good chance to tellyou how happy I have been to have “discovered” your site. You are not only super talented but I love your on-camera style too. Cheers, Catherine

  2. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 8:07 am


    Hi Darlene,
    I am having the same issue as Catherine!
    Just an FYI.

  3. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 8:10 am


    I am having the same issue as Catherine and Rene’e. I would hate to miss your Wednesday video. :O)

  4. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 8:16 am


    Me too- PRIVATE : (

  5. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 8:22 am


    Love your card Darlene. Great video….I always learn something from you!

  6. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 8:28 am


    I can’t view it either – private message! Seriously?!

  7. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Gina Van Vliet

    I can’t view it either – says “private”

  8. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 8:44 am


    Love that color combo, can’t wait to give it a try. Your talent is amazing. Thanks for giving us the Copic colors you used in this project.

  9. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 8:48 am


    Hi Darlene,
    I always love your designs they are so wonderfully made. I feel fortunate to have discovered your site through another link. I wait for Wed. to roll around.
    what a great idea for the stamp a ma jig. I don’t use vellum (a wee bit expensive) but have found that other plastic works well too.
    Keep stampin.. and keep those wonderful videos coming..
    hugs and prayers,
    hope this goes through as I’m in Canada

  10. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 8:51 am


    Hi Darlene,
    I can’t vew your video:( please let me see your video!!
    thanl you

  11. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 10:37 am


    It was a real pleasure to watch this video and actually hold the finished product in my hand.

  12. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 11:23 am


    i really enjoyed your fast video!! so very nice that way! and i love your card!! thanks!

  13. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 11:41 am


    Woo Hoo – video worked. Loved the card and technique with those water spots. I really need to get me some of those foam applicators!!

  14. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Eveline van Heijst

    I love the pumpkin pie! Indeed, such a vibrant color. Makes me happy.
    Wonderful card. I like that “en francais” stamp.

  15. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 6:49 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    Wonderful card. And I bet that all your initial designs are just as wonderful. I wish I could see them all. I so look forward to Wednesdays. Hope your daughter enjoys school. I bet she is one of the teacher’s favorite students.

    Take care.


  16. wrote on August 17th, 2011 at 8:37 pm


    Love the video – such a great idea and so easy. Thanks for sharing.

  17. wrote on August 18th, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Embossing Queen

    Another gorgeous card Darlene. It is good to know that I am not the only one who takes ages over a card. I sometimes agonize for hours over the choice of colours to use, or which embellishment I am going to add. Thanks for sharing your video with us, I am always hanging out for Wednesdays to see what you have in store for us.

  18. wrote on August 18th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Cathy E

    Whoot whoot Darlene – thanks for the personal email reply and the shout-out! Watching your Wednesday videos is a special treat for me – I make sure I have a fresh cup of coffee and time to sit and drink it all in (both the video and the coffee). Enjoy the last free days before school begins! My DD is starting her first student teaching experience in San Antonio – and is thrilled to be there! I think we have lost her to Texas.

  19. wrote on August 19th, 2011 at 5:18 pm


    Yeah – I was able to watch the video today. Well worth waiting for……as usual. I agree with the other comments about your colour choices – you’re so talented. I am going to give a friendly (please take it that way) tip though – the “en” of En Francais is pronounced as if it is “on”. Of course, if you heard my pathetic attempts at speaking Spanish you would dluagh your butt off!!!

    • wrote on August 19th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      @Catherine – no offense taken! Believe it or not, my daughter is fluent in French because she attends a French school, but I don’t speak it at all (as if you can’t tell). I’m sure if she heard me in the video she would laugh herself to tears. 🙂

  20. wrote on September 24th, 2011 at 8:04 pm


    So very pretty and can be used for so many things! Thank you again for sharing your talents — I am so happy to have found your site as my upline is no longer involved with Stampin up! So I am clinging on to you!! LOL Yes your very own stalker!

    Have a great weekend

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