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Memorial Day 2012

Paper Players 97 - LeAnne's Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

I'm late with my challenge card this week.  We were rushing around yesterday and I finally had the chance to make my challenge card about 45 minutes before I had to go get ready for dinner in St Paul with Lou.   Mmmmm.... I made the card.  I hated it.  I photographed the card.  I hated it even more.  It's not often that I make a card that I absolutely despise.  There are some that I shake my head at and think... what were you thinking?  But this one.... was dreadful.  It sounded great in my head... but was washed out and pale and just well.... lifeless!

So, it was back to the drawing board - I mean crafting table - today.   I can't honestly say that I am in love with this card either.  I don't often make children's cards and decided it was a good time to challenge myself.  I do love this monster set.  It's really absolutely adorable.  I did have fun coloring the images and then adding Cyrstal Effects to them.

Here's LeAnne's sketch - it's a great sketch btw!

Sketch 97 again
And here's my take on it:

Pp98 (3)

I decided to cut the pieces behind the focal image off center - as I thought they added to the chaotic, atomic DSP :-)

I'm not sure that you can really see that I put Crystal Effects on both of their bodies, but they are shiny IRL.

Here's what I used to make the card - all supplies SU unless otherwise noted:

  • Card stock:  Pacific Point.  Whisper White
  • DSP: Celebrations
  • Inks: Pacific Point.  Crumb Cake.  Monster's colored with Copics
  • Stamps:  Make a Monster, So Happy for You, Wonderfully Worn (for the muddy background - after all, I just didn't feel that aliens would do anything other than kick up a whole lot of dirt and mud when they landed :-)...)
  • Accessories:  Old Olive Button.  Silver thread.

Looking at it now, I realize it is a happy card and hopefully some young boy will appreciate it1

Don't forget to pop along to the Paper Players and play along with us this week.  We'd really love to see what you can do with his fabulous sketch.

You can also check out the great design team cards on their blogs:


Anne Marie


Nance - the birthday girl!




On a personal note:

8 boxes unpacked today!  Massive storms coming overhead right now.  Winds up to 65 mph and heavy rain is forcast for this evening.  As if we hadn't had enough rain! We just noticed that a tree on our neighbor's property has been blown down with the wind.

We hope our little robins are OK.  We noticed today that they  have flown the coop.  I am so sorry to see them go.  Sadly, we didn't get to see the babies before they left the nest, as they must have done that whilst we had so much rain over the last couple of days.  However, I am so pleased that we were able to house the nest our first two weeks in our new home.   We removed the nest today, so that we can finally stain the deck.  Hopefully, once the deck is stained, the Robins will choose the same location for their next nesting round.

As always, thank you so much for visiting my little area of the stamping blogosphere.  Warm hugs and prayers for those who need a little lift tonight. 




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This monster card is very cute Jaydee. I'm too shy away from kids cards but you've created a fab card!


I love the card, Jaydee. This would make any child (of any age) happy!

Beth Rigden

Great card! I wished you would let us see your mistake card! (Just so we are encouraged that we all have days like that!)
Baby Lucy and her parents are on their way now from CA- I might be busy being a grandma and not be online for a week!


I like the monster card too. It is happy. Hope your day is a great one.

Linda Callahan

Some little guy is going to adore this! It is a pip! And that background DSP is wonderful with the monsters!


What a fun card, Jaydee!!! I am glad you got some of your stuff unpacked so you could create....this is as cute as can be!!!

Nance Leedy (Canopy Crafts)

I think these glossy little monsters are hilariously adorable! Love the mud and dirt they are kickin' up--how clever of you! So glad you are settling in and enjoying your new space. Thanks for the birthday wishes!! ((Hugs))

Ann Schach

Oh my gosh...this card is just too fun! I love the cute images and the adorable paper!

Anne Marie Hile

Love your "Monster Mash" card, Jaydee! Those little guys are so fun and I love the paper you paired them with. The Crystal Effects is a fun touch, as well. Hope all is well with the weather in your area, my friend! Big hugs! :)


So fun! It's good for us to challenge ourselves every now and then, so kudos to you for pulling out a set and making a themed card you may not have done before. I like the background DSP you's perfect for the "out of this world" effect!

Just wanted to say thank you for your encouragement throughout my last three months as guest designer with The Paper Players! What an honor to get to stamp with all of you and be surrounded by such talent. You are all fabulous women! Many blessings to you in your new home!!

Christy Q

Jaydee - my first thought was Monster Mash as I was just introduced to that lovely song/book by my 2 year old nephew and we have to do the Monster Mash a lot. LOL Love your card and the color combo is so cheery! Hope all is well and that are settling in well.

Jenn Picard

Oh my what a cute card! Love the DSP that you paired with those funky fun monsters, it suits the whole feel of those images perfectly.

Just wanted to also add a note of thanks for all of your kind words and comments over the past 3 months, it has been such a pleasure to stamp "with" all of you lovely and talented women. Wishing you the very best in you new home looks like you both did a fantastic job creating your dream home:)

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