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Beautiful Louisiana

I was born and raised in Louisiana. Louisiana is my home. My family is here, my memories are here, my family’s history is here. There is such a rich heritage and mix of cultures, French, Spanish, French-Canadian, American and African. We have the BEST food, music, customs and we know how to “pass a good time”!  I just love my cousin Emily’s pen and ink drawing of Louisiana. It’s a whimsical map featuring famous landmarks from around the state. She’s so talented and I’m so glad I snagged a print for Mother’s Day!

Emily's Whimsical Louisiana Map

When my son Jake was in junior high in 2011, his Louisiana history class was required to make a scrapbook of historical sites around Louisiana. They had to document Civil War battle sites, plantations, festivals, famous figures and builidings. We traveled all over the state taking pictures and visiting famous landmarks, festivals and museums. We worked hard on this year long project and really enjoyed putting it together. I won’t bore you with photos of all 26 pages, but I am glad that we were able to document some of the famous monuments before they were removed!

I’m up on the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog today and I’m showcasing the JFF Rubber Stamps Gray Heron at Waters Edge stamp image. My themed card needed a Louisiana heron, so I chose colors inspired by the John James Audubon print.

Club Scrap® card stock from the May 2017 Adirondacks kit.

I wanted the image to be reversed, so I stamped the image on a piece of clear plastic and pressed my card stock on the wet ink to get the mirrored image.

Gray Heron Mirrored Stamp imageE

I used Rich Cocoa Memento ink and the result was pretty good! I die cut the image with an oval Spellbinders die and colored with Gansai Tambi watercolors. I finished the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink and added some Diamond Stickles for a little sparkle.


I cut the sentiment with my Cricut using the Plantain Schoolbook and Billionaire fonts cartridges. I fussy cut the Louisiana state silhouette using a template I printed from a state map image.


I ran the die cuts through my neglected Xyron machine, dusted with glitter and burnished well. I love the sparkle it adds!

JFF Rubber Stamps is having a Memorial Day sale…40% off all retail orders from May 20-29, so visit the store and go shopping! AND be sure to check out the monthly challenge going on now, make a card and link up for a chance to win a gift certificate to shop at jffstamps.com!

Do more of what makes you happy!


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Challenges entered:

City Crafter Challenge Blog Week #362 ~ Inspiration Photo


Fab and Funky Challenge #351 – backgrounds – use a background stamp or create a background

The Ribbon Girl Blog Use any Image Challenge


13 thoughts on “Beautiful Louisiana

  1. This is a pretty sweet card! & FYI … my 10 year old son whom loves art of all things, says that this is his most favourite card ever! Thanks for joining in with us this week over at TGIF Challenges! We hope to see you again soon! 💖

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