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The Paper Players

Yin, Yang and Somewhere in Between

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday night.

I am updating my blog from my deck.  The moon is bright in the sky and the sun has just set;  there is a wonderful cooling breeze blowing up the valley;  the catbird has returned and is calling;  the Cardinal's are calling to each other, and night is beginning to descend;  the deer have just arrived at the feeders and Mr and Mrs Aflac (yes, we even name our visiting ducks!) have returned to the pond down the road.  (They spent the better part of the afternoon sitting in our garden in the bird bath.  Yes, they sit in the bird bath, which is all of 12" in diameter!)  Lou and I have just finished dinner and are sipping the last vestiges of our Veuve Clicquot champagne.  I mean, seriously, shouldn't we celebrate the fact that we are actually spending some time together in our garden after all this time apart! :-)

Talking about gardens....  we spent 3 hours.  Yes.  Count them.  3 hours at the nursery today choosing trees and plants.  We can't wait for them to come and plant the new trees and get our new plants into our shade garden.

Our vacation began at 5.15 this moring.  Lou NEVER gets up at that time in the morning, but is obviously suffering from jet lag as he was the one who woke me up!  So, we were up at 5.15 and having breakfast by 6.  That meant we had lots of time to go shopping and do the things we needed to do.  I guess it's going to be an early night tonight.

Tonight's card is all about the yin and yang.  The masculine and feminine and something in between.  I saw an inspiration card a couple of weeks ago and decided to play around with it.  It's so rare that I get to really highlight DSP, which, considering we have such amazing DSP, is a pity.  So, I decided to make 3 cards using the same layout that have a little feminine and masculine in them.




This set of cards was also a great excuse to crack open some of my old DSP and get reacquainted with some returning colors.  I am really pleased to Baja Breeze is back.  HOWEVER.... I cannot... and I mean CANNOT believe that Kiwi Kiss is not returning!  AND It's also going to take me a long time to call Kraft Crumb Cake!

I love the layout for this card and it really is a great way to use up the smaller scraps of DSP.  Not only that, it's really quick to make, all it needs is a little DSP, a little ribbon and your scallop punch.  Also... this sentiment, from the Messages for Mom set, is just amazing.  "Thank you for always being there."  It's a sentiment I have found myself using very often.

So... the card drive......  We are doing a drive for cards for hugsandhope and Operation Write Home.  All you need to do is submit 10 hand-crafted cards, with envelopes, to me and you will be entered into a draw for....... $100 dollars worth of SU! goodies from the new 2010/2011 Idea Book and Catalog courtesy of MOI.  That's a lot of great goodies that you could be choosing from the new catty.  Every 10 cards you send gets you 1 entry into the draw.  Apart from the $100's worth of goodies you get, your gift of 10 cards makes either 10 children happy to receive them, or 10 members of the army happy to be able to send them, and 10 army family recipients happy to receive them. 

Please check out the requirements for both the charities, but generally, happy cards only for the children, with no "sorry to hear you aren't feeling well", or "get better soon" type of sentiments.  Happy messages only... like "wishing you a fabulous day", "wishing you a day filled with sunshine", "you are amazing".... that type of thing.

For Operation Write Home... please... no glitter.  Otherwise, any type of card will be useful.  "Missing you".  "Love You".  "Happy Birthday"..... anything goes -except glitter.

On our last drive we managed to collect over 800 cards for both charities.  That was pretty amazing.  With a lot of thanks to Brenda and Adelle, who really pushed up the numbers! You can see the pics of Brenda, Cherie, Bethany and I packing up the cards for posting here.  I think all of us would agree that it was an amazing feeling being able to participate in this. In fact, Lynn, continues to create cards to send to the children at hugsandhope, which is wonderful!  I know that she has made lots of sick children a little happier!

Well, in the time that I have been doing this post, the sun has completely set, the moon is white against a cobalt blue sky, and even the Cardinals have finally gone quiet.  I think it's time to call it a day.

I hope you all have a fabulous Sunday filled with love, laughter and the things that make you happy.

Lou has asked me to thank you all for your comments and wishes.  I really can't tell you how much he enjoys reading them.  Well..... that means you made two of us happy!

As always, thank you so much for taking the time to spend a little bit of your day in my area of the stamping blogosphere.  You know it is very much appreciated.