Paper Players Challenge 3 - Sneak Peek
Can vintage be clean and simple?

Chalkboard Fruit Still Life

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday night.

A very quick post for you all tonight.  I hope you had a fabulous Father's Day and got to celebrate the men in your life.

Tonight's card features Studio Sketches.  I really am enjoying using this very versatile stamp set.  One of the things that struck me about this set when I saw it, was that I wanted to use it with the chalkboard technique.

Tonight was the perfect opportunity.  The creative design team at Palspaperarts are having a theme challenge this week.  The theme?  Summer.  Now summer means lots of things to different people.  For me.... I remember summer as a kid and we would suddenly get access to all these wonderful fruits and vegetables that the vege seller would bring around.  He would pull his cart around the streets and the housewives would go out to meet him.  It also meant even more amazing arrays of colors and smells in the fruit shop.  Yep, back then we had a shop that sold just fruit!  Pineapples, bananas and glorious green and red apples.

As I grew older, I remember sitting outside in restaurants in Europe and South Africa.  The menu would often be chalked up on the black chalkboard.  I decided to combine those two memories for this challenge.

The card base is Pear Pizzazz.  The mat is Daffodil Delight.  The focal point is Basic Black.  I inked up the image with Craft White ink and allowed the ink to mostly dry.  When it was dry, I went over the image with my water color crayons.  The key to the chalkboard technique is to let go of perfection.  It's not meant to be perfect - after all, it's chalk!

I wrapped a little of the Daffodil Delight ribbon around the black and stamped a sentiment from a retired rub ons.  I thought the sentiment was perfect with the subject.

So, my own little chalkboard still life.  As I was coloring it, it took me back to those earlier, more simple times,and it was a sweet little journey!

My thoughts and prayers, as usual for Trish, Germaine, Beth, Lynn and "T".  Brenda, I am so pleased you got to appreciate the one day of summer in the NW of England :-)  Have fun on your vacation, my friend.

I spent the afternoon making cards for the Operation Write Home card drive.  I made 30 cards this afternoon.  It was kind of like a manufacturing line :-)

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone.  I hope your day is filled with fun. love and lots of smiles.

As always, thank you for your visit to my little area of the stamping blogosphere.  Your visits, your support, and your comments are greatly appreciated.




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This is so pretty! I like those colors together! Your coloring is awesome! I love it!
Trish, Germaine, Lynn, Beth & "T"-sendindg prayers to you all!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Dad's Day!
I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead!

Linda Callahan

This is like a miniature work of art - beautiful - and that skinny little ribbon is a delight - love it all! Thanks for joining us at PPA!

Laurie Zoellmer

Love Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight together, nice job! And your chalkboard is awesome!

Ann Schach

This is truly like a chalk drawing! I love the color combination! Very, very pretty! Thanks for playing @ PPA!


Very pretty - looks just like a chalkboard - as usual, another great card. HOpe you had a happy Sunday! One of the most perfect days so far this year in Sunny Saskatoon - hot, no wind (although crazy with mosquitoes ... guess it can't be perfect!)

Patricia Hoffman

Wow Jaydee, I am impressed. All of the green space that you left untouched and the much smaller black main image matted in yellow popped up on dots, reminds me of an actual painting hanging in a Gallery or Museum. Do you like to go to Art Galleries? We have a beautiful one her in Milwaukee. That's that first thing I thought of when I saw your card tonight. You gave a great explanation of the Chalkboard Technique. I have always been intimidated by it, but now I think that I am ready to give it a go. Yours turned out to be spectacular. Love your coloring, looks just like chalk on a blackboard. I really like the simplicity of this card.

Prayers and Well Wishes for Germaine, Lynn, Beth, and "T".

Brenda...I am so envious of you being in England right now. The last time I went I got sick and had to spend 10 days in Hospital. I will get back again only healthy this time. I would so love to retire there. Please write me when you get back and tell me all about your trip.

Cyber hugs to all and especially Jaydee,

Trish in Wisconsin

Beth Rigden

How original! This doesn't look like a stamp, rather a miniature piece of art! I cannot wait to get those new colors! They are beautiful together.


Very cool technique! It IS a work of art!


I've never seen this technique before. I love they way you utilized it with that stamp set. I think you absolutely captured the "feel" of summer.

My prayers as always to Trish, Germaine, Beth, Lynn and "T".



Very different and neat. I have not tried this before. Thanks for the inspiration. You made it look so simple and easy. Hugs.


I have seen this technique before and I think it's amazing. You did a great job and I love the new colors.


This makes my mouth water! :) Please tell me about the die that you used for the Basic Black and Daffodil layers, is it also the one you used for yesterday's focal layer? I like the interest that the edge adds to the card, just the little Jaydee touch you do so well.
Brenda, So glad to hear you're WARM and enjoying your holiday. Missing you tons.
Prayers and hugs to One and All, especially Trish, Germaine, Lynn, Beth and T. Have a GREAT Monday.


Jaydee-you are so very clever with all of the techniques that you share with your readers. We are so lucky to be blessed by all of the talent and time you put into sharing your gifts.

It was another beautiful day in England. We have seen as much sun in the three days of this trip as the last four trips combined. Today we went to Southport and I didn't even take a cardigan! Missing you and Cherie very much.

kris lynch

very pretty!love the fruit and how you colored it-loving those new paper colors too!

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