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Paper Players CHallenge # 86 - Color Challenge

Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday.

Lesley has a great color challenge for us all this week.  They are perfect spring colors.

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Now, the card that I made using these colors was absolutely NOT the card I had intended to make. 

I needed to make a sympathy card.  Sympathy cards are the hardest for me to make.  It's made especially hard when the card is for someone you love, about someone you loved.   My intention had been to go with my more neutral, muted color scheme.  However, when I thought about the card - and the person that it related to, I realized that Lesley's color scheme was perfect as the pretty colors were perfect for this person.

So, I went way out of my comfort zone and made a sympathy card with pretty, spring colors!  I wanted nature to feature on the card and decided that the image from Thoughts and Prayers wasn't quite big enough, so I created the tree and the sentiment in My Digital Studio.  That allowed me to stretch the image to the size that I needed. 

Once I had the tree and sentiment down, I knew it needed something else.  Then I remembered the winning card from last week's challenge and how Kathy had used little flowers on her tree.  I decided that was exactly what I was missing.

Here's my card

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We hope you will join us this week.  Don't forget to pop along to the Paper Players to check out the fabulous design team and submission cards.

On a personal note

If things weren't bad enough this week, I got a call from the neighbors across the street to tell me that some idiot had driven down our road too fast and had taken out our mail boxes.  There are pieces of fender all around the area.  No brake marks, I might add.  However, you can see where the idiot mounted the pavement because there is a tire mark as they hit the pavement, the pavement is scraped from the bottom of the car and there is a tire mark in the grass all the way into - and past the mail boxes.  So, we now have to spend the money to replace the whole contraption!

To take my mind off everything that has happened this week, I decided to do some more packing.  Keeping busy kept my mind engaged and the physical activity helped, too.

This morning I noticed two more signs of spring.   Crocuses popping their heads up at the front of the house - and the Robin returned to our garden today.   Those things, along with the warmer weather, the Red shouldered Blackbird - and the mating call of the Chickadee - all herald an early arrival of Spring.  When I went out to inspect the post box detritus, I noticed the wind had a slightly warm feel to it as it caressed my skin.  Yep.... spring is nearly here.  With spring comes our move... yikes.. I had better go and pack some more boxes.

Warm hugs and prayers for those who need a lift today.  Pammie - especially warm hugs and prayers for you.



Card details:

  • Card Stock:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake, Pool Party.  Stamps:  My Digitial Studio - Thoughts and Prayers.  Tools:  Punch Pack blossom punch.  Accessories:  Basic Pearls


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I love the pop of flowers and the simplicity of the tree! The contrast is so striking! Thanks for the inspiration.

Ann Schach

Such a gorgeous clean and serene card, Jaydee! I know it will bring comfort to the recipient. I hope this week is less eventful for you.


I'm sorry for your loss, Jaydee. Your card is beautiful and I'm sure it will bring comfort to the person receiving it. Let's hope there aren't any more irritating incidents like the mailboxes. You have enough going on without that kind of nonsense. On the bright side, spring is around the corner as evidenced in your post! Yay!! Take good care.

Jenn Picard

Jaydee I am so sorry that you had to make this card a sympathy one, however I am sure that the person you are giving it to will be comforted by it. It truly is a beautiful card and I love how clever you were by using MDS and resizing the tree image, the punched flowers are definately the perfect finishing touch.

Anne Marie Hile

What a gorgeous card, Jaydee! I agree with you that sympathy cards are always so difficult to create, but you did a wonderful job. I especially like how you used MDS to stretch the size of the tree. I really need to remember to use that program much more often then I do. I hope you enjoyed your weekend! Hugs! :)

Kelly Wentling

Hi Jaydee. So, so sorry for your loss. This is quite lovely and the colors are so soft and pretty. It's a beautiful sympathy card.

Very frustrating about your mailbox and the neighbors too. Someone must have partied a little too much, huh.

Love to hear about your signs of Spring. It's such an amazing time of the year!


Jaydee, The extra touches of the spring colored flowers to your sympathy card will fill the recipient's heart with warmth. What a beautiful thing for you to think of your friend when you see these colors and to me this represents life after the hurting. What a great idea to use MDS to make the tree larger...smart thinking!

Ann R

What a beautiful card! Sympathy cards can be difficult, but this is perfect. Sometimes it's just hard to comprehend why people do stupid things ... Sorry about the mailboxes. But how exciting for your upcoming move. Hang in there. And hugs to you!

Amy Lazzell

I love the sympathy card. I'm sorry for your loss and the need to make such a lovely card. However, it's truly beautiful. This card can't help but warm your heart and put a smile on your face while delivery a very difficult message. I have never seen a nicer sympathy card. I'm sorry to hear about the mailbox Jaydee. This was the last thing you needed among a move and a loss. Things come in threes, so hopefully your done!!! I hope you have a better week!!! Hugs!! Amy

Nance Leedy (Canopy Crafts)

Oh Jaydee, this is lovely. So soft, serene and soothing. Love the larger tree and the flowers are truly the perfect touch. So sorry you needed it, though. ((hugs))


I'm terribly sorry you needed a sympathy card. Those are always so very difficult to make. You did a lovely job, in spite of the difficulty. It's calm and soothing and and very gentle--if that makes sense.

Oh for crying out loud on the mailbox front. Seriously?!? ARGH! I'm so very sorry. What a pain in the tukus. :oS

May you get many many more boxes packed this week!


P.S. Hi Lou!

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