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Birthday stars for Addicted to CAS #36

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.

It's the fabulous Michelle's turn to host our Addicted to CAS challenge this week and she has a wonderful code word for us:

Now, there were so many ideas floating around in my head, but in the end I decided to go with a simple birthday card featuring Papetrey Ink's Stargazer set.  I mean, the constellation of Taurus is far away, right? :-)


Of course, I had to do the inside, too, and the sentiment from the Stargazer Additions set helps to tie the inside to the outside, and reinforces the "Far Away" theme.

I don't know why, but recently I have started to use some DSP for the inside of the card when it seems to fit.  This Pool Party DSP seemed to be the perfect backdrop to the inside sentiment.

Atcas far away inside

It's also time to welcome a new guest designer for April at Addicted to CAS.  Pop along to Anita's blog at MyPaperCraftWorld. Lots of wonderful inspiration for you there :-)

As usual, we have a prize for the winner of our challenge this week provided by the fabulous:

Don't forget to pop along to see what the design team have created to inspire you.  You won't be disappointed.  Then - why not join us?  We'd love to see what your interpretation of the challenge word is.

On a personal note:

Lou and I have had a very busy week.  What with the fact it is the MSP International Film Festival, but we have been meeting with decking guys and screening guys and landscapers and foresters.  Added to the insane hours at work, it really has been a crazy week.

We met with the city forester because we want to enhance our woodland.  Right now it is primarily Ash, with a couple of oak trees and single trees from both the Elm and Birch families.  Lack of diversity in a woodland is not a good thing and we really want to continue our quest to improve what we are blessed with.   Luckily, the forester really was impressed that we were trying to do that and was very helpful in advising us what to do.  Although it means cutting down a couple of trees, we will be replacing them with several very large - spade in - trees and about 10-12 saplings.  All of them native trees.   So, we are excited for the snow to finaly melt and the leaves to come in on the trees then we can plant some new trees!   We should really see an amazing difference in fall.

We also met with our Landscaper as we want to add more plants into the woodland.  The ones that we planted last year became deer salad!  So, we are looking at what alternatives we can put in instead.  We are going to put in a couple of large Nannyberry bushes to see how they do.  If they work out, then we will add more and try a couple of different bushes as well.

We can't wait to see what the woodland and wetland seed plantings yield... we really hope they do yield some good things for us!

We have also decided to screen in underneath the deck.  This will make the area so much more livable in summer.   Living abutting the wetland is wonderful, but in Minnesota that means HUGE mosquitoes!  We found a great guy and are looking forward to starting sometime later in May.  I'll share photos as soon as we are complete!

Unlike this week, I should be able to get into my stamping room this weekend.  However, as we have decided to take out the cedar decking and replace it with low-maintenance decking, I might end up helping Lou instead :-)   However, I will be back on Sunday with my Paper Players card.

As always, thank you to all of you for your visits and your comments.   Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift today.