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Petite Petals for Paper Players #185

 Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Ann's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a wonderful theme for us.

Well, you all know how I'm feeling about spring.... the fact that it feels as though it is NEVER going to get here!  So, I decided to live in a little fantasy world and day-dream about the cherry blossoms that should be appearing in Atlanta soon.

I spent a couple of years traveling to Atlanta every week on business and spring really is gorgeous down there with the explosion of cherry blossoms.   The new Petite Petals stamp has a couple of really cute flowers and I decided to use one of them with some Strawberry Slush ink to create the look of the cherry blossoms.

However, I need a tree!  Well, I didn't have a tree, but I did have the woodland branch die.  So, I cut out the woodland branch die from spare card stock and then used some Wendy Vecchi embossing paste to create a textured branch running across my card.   BUT.... I needed to color it as the embossing paste is white!    I put a little embossing paste onto my crafting sheet and then added 3 drops of Soft Suede ink and stirred the ink into the paste.   Easy, peezy!  I love the dimension that it gives.

All that was left to do was to fussy-cut around the petals.  Why didn't I just use the accompanying punch, I ask?  Well, that's because it is on back-order!  So, I took out my trusty Stampin' Up! scissors and got to work.   Once they were cut out, I added them to the card base, around the branch, using clear double sided tape to lift them from the page, and above the branch.

Here's my card:

Petite petals pp185 (17)

Of course, I had to add just a little bit of bling and the "thank you" sentiment from the Express Yourself hostess set to match the challenge.  I added the sentiment nestled amongst the branch and flowers, because I really wanted as much white space as possible.   In the end, I was really pleased with it.  I love Strawberry Slush in small doses.  I find it overwhelming on a whole sheet, but it is such an incredibly pretty color for flowers.

Once again the design team have created some amazing cards for your inspiration.  Don't forget to check out their blogs and then come back to the Paper Players and join us this week. 

On a personal note:

Lou and I both managed to catch a dose of the flu whilst we were in Vegas.  One of my colleagues spoke to me on Friday and told me that she and her husband both had it, too.  She mentioned that her husband was lying down on the couch moaning and growning and that she was at her desk working.  I made some sympathetic remark and said that Lou would have been doing the same thing if he hadn't been in Pittsburgh at a client.  She then sent me a link to a video that she told me I had to watch.    I am sharing it with you.   I won't say whether Lou would have called 999 (or our US equivalent 911), but let's just say that I ended up making him soup yesterday and rubbing his forehead whilst saying "poor little bunny!"  Just click on the photo below and it will take you to the youtube video.  Enjoy :-)

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On the weather front.... oh boy.... it continues to be cold.  We are sitting at around 35 degrees below normal for this time of year.  In fact, we are expected to break a 140 year old record for the lowest low at this time of year tomorrow morning.  I know you must be getting a little tired of me talking about the snow, but it's been with us so long now that I have forgotten what the garden and the wetland look like without a 4 foot compacted covering of snow!  Spring is going to be BLISS when she finally arrives :-)  

Now, I'm off to rub my little bunnies forehead and go try to make a card or two in my craft room.  In fact, I'm off to do exactly as Colleen recommended in her comments the other day.   I've copied it here for your amusement.

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the inks look so delightful
So while the winter is cold and damp
Let us stamp! Let us stamp! Let us stamp!

It doesn't take much convincing
And I've brought a tool for crimping
Choose some paper, turn up the lamp
Let us stamp! Let us stamp! Let us stamp!

When we carefully press just right
How we smile as the image unfolds
Add some color, so bold, so bright
The result is a sight to behold!

Our projects are quickly drying
And there's new techniques for trying
So until we get finger cramps
Let us stamp! Let us stamp! Let us stamp!

This evening, I will be sitting back, with my feet up, blanket tucked around me, watching the Oscars!


Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:

  • Card stock:  Gina K - 120# heavy weight.   Whisper White
  • Inks:  Soft Suede.  Strawberry Slush
  • Stamps:  Petite Petals.  Express Yourself
  • Tools:  Big Shot.  Memory Box Woodland Branch die.  Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste
  • Accessories.  Basic Rhinestones







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Anne Marie Hile

Simply gorgeous, Jaydee! I love the pretty pink flowers. Sorry you both were sick in Vegas. That is no fun at all. Hugs!

Joanne James

Hope you're feeling better Jaydee. I love your card - the branch looks so realistic. Thanks for the description of how you achieved it. This CAS card so says Spring - roll on!


Beautiful....clean, simple & serene. Can spring be far behind? Loved the video too....although I have to admit that DH is not a whiner, in fact, he suffers silently, which is almost as bad!

Kelly W.

Hi Jaydee! Oh I just love your Spring beauty! The branch is so realistic and those flowers are a perfect choice for cherry blossoms! You make the most beautiful cards Jaydee!

Hope you and Lou will recover quickly. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Pat Jandacek

Lovely card and I enjoyed Colleen's lyrics. The man-cold video is a hoot - has a bit of truth in it, too! I was raised in western New York state and we had some bad winters but none that matched what's been going on throughout the country this year. I've lived in Florida for 20 years now and can scarcely imagine the cold you've been suffering through, for which I'm very thankful. I do remember the beauty, though, thanks to your photos.

Nancy Baxter

I love your card...the branch looks like chocolate! Now I have to dig out my embossing paste to make bark on a tree. Stay well! Poor Lou! Hope you are all good soon!

Doris D.

Magnificent is all I can say. Your card certainly looks like Atlanta in the spring, DC too! What a lovely card.
So sorry you and Lou have been under the weather. We are supposed to get bad weather here in VA today. Sounds like a good stamp day.

ColleenB. - Texas

Jaydee; I hope you and Lou get to feeling better real soon.

Lovely CAS card. Jaydee, if only you lived closer, you could had borrowed my punch but you done a great job with your cutting.

Saturday, we did have some Spring weather........80deg and felt nice to work outside for a bit but then come Sunday morning the bottom fell out and got a cold blast coming down from the North and had wintery mixture of everything; cold, windy, rain, sleet, and a touch of snow flurries with wind chill of 2deg by evening. :{
Weather here is just like a roller coaster but then it's Texas.

Wishing you both well and hope you both have a wonderful day.


Okay, so I'm sitting over here HOWLING over the "man cold". Woe unto any woman who has to deal with a man cold. Poor little bunny...HA!!!!

We're off school tomorrow and my bet is Tuesday as well as we have a winter storm blowing through tomorrow. Oh joy. Your card is just the breath of fresh air I needed. :o)

May spring come and soon!!! And, I hope you're feeling better, Jaydee. Rubbing heads whilst saying, "poor little bunny" can be difficult if you don't feel well. ;o)


P.S. I'm so sorry you're feeling poorly, Lou. :o(

Nance Leedy

Oh Jaydee, this is spring gorgeousness! I love the branch die and the texture from the embossing paste is amazing. The simplicity of the layout and pop of colors is lovely. ((hugs))

Sandy M

Oh my goodness Jaydee, this card is CAS loveliness. I wish I could see the texture of the branch in person. I'm with you, feel like spring will never get here, and so sorry you were sick in Las Vegas. Hope this finds you feeling better :)

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